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Opening a Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive (STBV3000100)

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October 11, 2013 5:57:56 PM

If I open my Seagate Expansion 3TB USB Desktop Hard Drive, will I be able to replace my 149GB Seagate ST316081 (SATA) with it?

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a c 271 G Storage
October 11, 2013 9:49:58 PM

Seagate's 3TB enclosures are configured with 4KB sector sizes. You could install your 160GB SATA HDD, but you won't be able to access its existing data. You could reinitialise and reformat it, though, but this would obviously be data destructive.
October 11, 2013 11:06:48 PM

fzabkar said:
Seagate's 3TB enclosures are configured with 4KB sector sizes. You could install your 160GB SATA HDD, but you won't be able to access its existing data. You could reinitialise and reformat it, though, but this would obviously be data destructive.


No, will I be able to put the 3TB in my desktop and make it a internal.

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a c 271 G Storage
October 12, 2013 12:50:06 AM
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The 3TB drive will be formatted in MBR mode (with a 4KB sector size). Therefore you will need to reinitialise and reformat it, but otherwise it should be OK, provided that it can be detected by your SATA controller.
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