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How do I open the housing to rplace the drive? Many thanks.

If you don't see any screw holes, look around for some rubber feet, chances are the rubber feet are hiding some screws. If you remove those carefully enough, you can easily put them back in. Once all the the screws are removed carefully pry open the case and remove/replace the hard drive inside.

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I have a new Verbatim 500GB USB unit, worked absolutely fine till this morning. Turned the PC on, usually the drive is recognised and opens. This morning it`s not recognised and when i click on the drive...

Remember that a drive can fail at any time, so the fact that it was working fine until now really means nothing. What I have found is that the Cable that connects the drive to the PC is really **** so I would start by replacing the cable. Also, if you have another PC (friends PC will also do) plug the drive into another PC and make sure that the problem is not possibly the PC itself and not the Hard Drive. Also try different USB ports - lastly - i have found that many times it is the casing that packs up and not the drive itself - some casings can be opened and you can remove the hard drive - you can then purchase a generic hard drive case and install the drive into the new case and it will work again. Some of the new Western Digital drives though cannot be installed into a new casing as the USB port is part of the drive and cannot be removed. Like I said - first check if the drive works on another machine - if so - its not the drive but the PC - if it does not - check the cable. You could of course also have destroyed the data on the the hard drive if u unplugged it while it was stil being written to - in which case the File allocation table is damaged and you will need to re-format the drive.

Good luck

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How to open the case, it will turn on but it will not connect to the computer.

To open the external case and remove the internal hard drive, it is not too difficult, but you will run the risk of both damaging the case and voiding any manufacturer's warranty or extended 3rd-party coverage.
If you do not wish to risk damaging the case or voiding your warranty, do not proceed.
If you wish to continue, you will need the following before beginning:
A. External USB Hard Drive B. Small Flathead Screwdriver (Precision) C. Small Phillipshead Screwdriver (Precision) D. USB External Hard Drive Case (Replacement, if needed) E. SATA or IDE Cable (To attach to a computer, if needed)
1. Disconnect the drive from the computer and power source. 2. Using the flathead screwdriver, slowly wedge the tip in the overlapping fold between the center plastic piece and the outer cover. 3. Slowly wedge it in about 1/4 of an inch using an up and down rocking motion. This will slowly undo the plastic clips found within the case. 4. Move the slowly in one direction until you reach the very end, loosening the clips along the way. 5. Once complete in one direction, go back to the starting point and complete steps #1-4 again in the opposite direction. 6. Once completed, lift one side of the flap away from the center, while pulling the center piece out away from the flap cover. 7. Apply necessary pressure and it should come out as one piece. 8. Once removed, if there are any screws holding the hard drive in place, use the phillipshead screwdriver to remove the tiny screws, if needed. 9. Pull apart the hard drive from the center case and add to a desktop or replacement USB external hard drive case to retrieve your files.

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The computer does not recognise the hard drive through USB port.

The "click" is a sign that the disk-drive is malfunctioning.
If it still is under warranty, exercise the warranty, and get it fixed/replaced.

Otherwise, open it up, remove the disk-drive, and take it to a computer-store, and ask them to sell you something compatible.
Install the new drive into your casing.

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How ot install hard disk?

1. VITAL: unplug computer.
2 EQUALLY VITAL: wait for 1 full minute while board discharges.
3 open side of case.
4. VITAL ALSO: touch your hand to internal metal part of case to discharge static from your body
4 unplug old hard disk, then remove mounting screws from it.
5 remove old hard drive.
6 before handling new hard drive touch metal inside case again. (if you have a static band use it otherwise keep touching the metal case frequently to prevent static from "zapping" your computer parts.)
reverse this order to install new one. it will be recognized by computer on its own.

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How do I open the case to my fantom drive?

remove "Warranty void if removed" sticker on bottom of case... unscrew screws...

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My Iomega 1 TB desktop usb 2.0 hard drive stopped working. it makes a ticking sound and turns off on it's own.

This means that your hard drive has died so will need to be replaced. This is what you need to do:
1. Buy a new hard drive
2. Open up the casing of your old device
3. Remove the old hard drive
4. Place the new hard drive in the bay
5. Re-assemble the casing and plug in

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Reinstall Hard Drive

  1. Step 1 Back up your data. Make sure you back up any important data stored on the hard drive in the event something goes wrong. Also, if you are selling or giving the hard drive to someone else, you should erase any data on the disk by formatting it.
  2. Step 2 Open the case. Remove any metal rings, watches or bracelets you may be wearing. Unplug the computer from the electrical outlet, then touch the metal casing to eliminate any static charge. You can also use an anti-static wrist strap if you prefer. Check the user's manual if necessary to determine how to open your particular PC case.
  3. Step 3 Locate the hard drive. Typically the hard drive will be connected to a flat 2 1/2 inch wide IDE cable and a power cable. Hard drives are often housed in removable metal cages which are secured to the computer case with one or more screws. Refer to your user's manual to locate the hard drive if necessary.
  4. Step 4 Disconnect the hard drive. Unplug the hard drive from the IDE and power cables. Grab the plastic IDE cable connector with your thumb and forefinger and gently pull until the connector breaks free. The power cable can be difficult to remove if the connector is fitted tightly. Make sure you don't bend any of the pins when disconnecting the cables.
  5. Step 5 Remove the hard drive. If the hard drive is fitted in a metal cage, locate and remove the screws that are holding the cage in place. Hold your hand under the cage to catch it if necessary. Once the cage is free, remove the small screws on either side of the hard drive to remove it from the cage. If the hard drive is connected directly to the computer case, simply remove the screws on each side of the hard drive and slide it out of the case.

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GigaBank 250 GB USB 2.0 External hard Drive - How to open case ?

Remove the cover plate from behind the drive (where the plugs and on/off switch are.) You have to then remove the 2 screws. After that pull on the end with the blue lights to slide the hard drive out. If you have a tower computer, you can permanently install the hard drive and it should work fine as a secondary drive. Just make sure the jumper pins are set to "slave".

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Want to open my maxtor one touch, any idea of the best way, and what is that small openning at the back

It's a pain but you can do it if you are careful. Remove 2 screws on back panel, then gently remove back panel. Now work on side/front panel (one piece) GENTLY. They have little plastic clips that will pop out if you are careful. The you can remove 2 more screws on side that hold metal halves together. Top comes of clamshell style. Good luck !

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