Play recordings from external drive?

If remove the internal HDD from a HDR-2000T and fit it in an external USB adapter will that 2000T be able to play the recordings that are on the now USB connected drive?

I want to try a spare drive I have as the internal as a last attempt to get to the bottom of some intermittent problems with the 2000T and it would be nice to still have access to the existing recordings though as someone said "it's only telly":laugh:

thanks if anyone can confirm this