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Can the HDD be replaced in a Maxtor Shared Storage II

Unit is 2 years old thus out of warranty. It has developed a loud whine noise when it first boots then it quites down. I have no trouble accessing data on it but I'm afraid its going out. I have a Seagate Freeagent backing it up via USB so I do have duplicate data. Can I just swap out the hard drive in the unit? It's a 320GB.

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  • hrat Jan 30, 2009

    Thanks for this great insight. I have not torn it apart yet but your diagnosis sounds right on. I have heard bad fans and that is exactly what this sounds like. This would also explain how the drive appears to have no problem when "it" sounds so bad. I'll keep you posted. Also, I must say this site is Great. I posted for the first time last night and had an answer when I got up. Wow, most manufacturers don't have tech support this good. Thank you all for your dedication and time.

  • hrat Jan 31, 2009

    OK, I'm ready to tackle it. Any tips on how to get the case open?

  • hrat Mar 16, 2009

    Thank you for this extremely helpful info. The video is great. They don't make it easy, do they? I think I'll get a fan ordered so I'll have one when I 'rip' it open. I'll take the chance that they are the same. Since we have diagnosed it to be a fan problem and mine is only noisey when it starts, for a short time, I am not in a rush. It will probably get worse over time so I'll be prepared. Thanks Again



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To get the case open look at the this video:

You'll need to find a replacement fan. Read the information on the old fan to get the specs. The fan on mine was a 30x30x10 mm in dimension, 5 VDC 0.12A made by JMC Products - www, I bought my replacement from Future Electronics - The replacement I chose was SUNON GM0503PFV1-8.GN. You can also find relacement fans from Mouser Electronics - (Mouser is a bit more expensive).

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  • marnow Mar 16, 2009

    I think you should wait until you open the case before you buy the fan. If you order the fan now before verifying its size and power ratings, you may be throwing away $20.

    BTW, now that you know the secret to opening the case, I think you should do it immediately. It is actually quite easy. You can still operate the drive with the case off while waiting for the fan replacement. Don't wait for the fan to seize; the drive will stop working, and you'll have a real emergency.

    PS. the drives I have are Network Accessible Storage (NAS) they are formatted with the XFS file system, which makes it virtually impossible to replace, unless you get the replacement from Seagate. I think the USB drives are formatted with either NTFS of FAT32 file systems, so their replacements are much easier, but I'm not sure. Here is something else to consider if you need to replace the drive.

    Good luck and best wishes.

  • ZeektheGeek Jan 01, 2011

    Warning, another user determined that his fan was a 12V model.

    Chose carefully!


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Yes you can just swap it out with another drive,,just make sure the Pin is set in the same place,,and that you re-attach your hard drive to the same place on the ribbon cable.
But before you do all this,,,are you quite sure its your hard drive making the whining noise? and not a worn out cooling Fan?

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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    Alex M Jan 30, 2009

    Glad to help, have a great day ;-)



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