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e-sata cable trick
The post you are looking for is 151. (Big thumbs up to TerryW58 for discovering this work around and for sharing it!)
In short, you need to first connect the new 2.5" drive as an external drive to the 630 that you want to install it into. You will need an external 2.5" eSata Hard Drive enclosure. The 630 will then recognize it and offer to format the drive. Once that is done, install the new 2.5" drive (as described in this thread) into the 630 and you should be good to go. Goes without saying that this technically voids your warranty.
Also remember, to prevent warehousing content, a 630 is designed to work with a single external drive at a time. That is, if you replace the external hard dive, the 630 will no longer recognize the original external hard drive (i.e., the content on the original drive will no longer be accessible if you reconnect it). Therefore, by doing this trick, any existing external hard drive will no longer be recognized by the 630 since you now paired it with the new 2.5" drive. With that said, you will lose this pairing anyways when you replace the internal drive (I suspect the "pairing information" is stored on the internal hard drive).
For a 2.5" enclosure, I used a StarTech SAT2510BU2E.
The inability to format the drive in the box is a relatively new development. Likely an "upgrade" incorporated into one the last few software updates. Perhaps to discourage people from putting in a larger drive into the unit?