Question about Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, eSATA, External 500 GB Hard Drive
My 1TB Seagate was connected to a lap top and fell off a desk. The USB port broke and is loose in the box. The unit will obviously no longer power up. I am interested in extracting the HD so I can try it in a new case like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173043
The problem is I don't know how to remove the hard drive from it's current case. I see two screws, one inside the stand which is accessible through a grate and the other in a compromising position above the stand and below the case. Any help would be much appreciated!
I did open a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB !
The thing was awful, the case is just a nightmare to crack. The base is easy, you have the screws under the tiny rubber feet. The metal over the electric parts is easy to take apart, you just unglue and carefully open. You unscrew then the four flat-headed screws the hold in place the electrics, and the three big ones that hold together the base and the upper part.
Here comes the nasty part.
You unplug all connectors, but the upper case is VERY (I mean VERY) well tightened. It's held in place in 4 points, and the plastic made my fingers bleed. I can surely say it's a very well made case, strong as military, but impossible to open without destroying.
In the upper part the plastic holding points are quite close to the lower edge, but the two lower ones are somewhat 2,5 or 3 inches away from the edge, and this is where you'll get stuck. I couldn't just pry them open, so in the end, even though the unit is safe and sound, the lid (the part with the Seagate logo) was torn an bent.
My problem was at the electrical part, so I don't care much for the case, but I feel bad for having to literally destroy such a good-looking external enclosure.
Hope this is helpful to all of you in trouble with this issue !
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
The base cracks in two peces at the join. Then remove 5 screws. The upper case is tightly secured, but you'll see two slots in the thick edge where you can pry apart with a screwdriver.
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
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