Whats the best option to increase storage on a 1tb drive add a usb drive or just upgrade to a new higher capacity mycloud
It’s technically possible to replace the drive inside - but it will void your warranty, and you’ll have to re-image the disk manually – called a De-Brick.
Other than that, an upgrade isn’t too much more expensive. Adding a USB drive is certainly an option, but the space of that drive does not get combined with the space on the main unit (it’s a separate share) and permissions are handled differently.
Your 1TB drive is very likely to be a gen1/v4 firmware device. A new one will be gen2/v2. If you like to modify the operation of your device via SSH, or installing apps, the gen1 device might be easier.
As Tony says, you can replace the HDD in your existing model (there’s a thread with a guide explaining how to do that).
Easist is simply attach an external USB hard drive to the USB port on the My Cloud. The external USB hard drive would show up as a “Share”. See the My Cloud User Manual (http://support.wdc.com/product.aspx?ID=904) for more information on attaching a USB hard drive to the My Cloud.
As both previious posters indicated there are various “unbricking” methods one can use like this one from Fox_exe if you want to replace the existing My Cloud hard drive with a larger hard drive.
Gen 1 v3.x/v4.x My Cloud: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_6OlQ_H0PxVbzZac0plbkZKeGM/view
Gen 2 v2.x My Cloud: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_6OlQ_H0PxVQVhnLVJOdDZISUU/view
You can use the forum search feature, magnifying glass icon upper right, to find other discussions on unbricking or replacing the My Cloud hard drive. I’ve replaced the drive several times in my first gen My Cloud enclosure. It will typically require some knowledge and use of Linux to perform the drive unbrick.
Hi thanks for all the advice I think i’ll probably go down route and buy a larger mycloud device as TonyPh12345 says its not that much more expensive then the only problem will be the length of time transferring the old files to the new drive