Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200 GB Hard Drive

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How do I ope the casing of my maxtor personal storage 3200 without breaking it?  Do you know if it have an ide inside?


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To open the Maxtor 3200 personal storage device you must first remove the two screws at the connector end, and you might as well **** the white paper label located between the power and USB jacks, because this label will hold the cover halves together and fool you into thinking that you haven't unhooked all the hidden latches!

To open the case without scoring the plastic, you must be very gentle. Preferably use a thin rigid piece of plastic to do this, but if you don't have such an object you can substitute a thin, clean, metal putty knife. A flat blade screw driver is too narrow and you'll probably score the case if you attempt to pry it apart with one of those. However, it is possible that if you aim the screwdriver blade carefully and only press down, but do not twist, you may succeed. It is useful to know that the six latches are on each side exacly 2 1/8", 4 3/8" and 6 1/4" inches from the connector end. These latches extend down from the TOP case-half (which is the half that contains the thin Maxtor label), and hook onto tabs protruding inward from the bottom half. Open the cover ****-shell wise from the connector end (i.e., the hinge end would be the indicator light end.)

When you're done, both paper labels will of course be trashed along with any warranty. But warranties on these small appliances are pretty useless anyway because of the labor, shipping costs, delays and inconvenience involved in collecting on them. But you knew that already, which is why you were intent upon opening the box, right?


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I managed to open the case of my HDD. I kind of forced it, but I know how it works. How can I post pictures?

Posted on May 23, 2008


I'm fixing (hopefully) one for a friend, this one has internal clips both sides. It's quite easy to work it open using x2 flat head screw drivers, just work them along gently and the teeth will ping out before you realise you've come across one.

If you want to access the disk itself; remove two screws and disk light cable, then the whole shielding (rubber wrappers at each corner - not glued/screwed) should pull out. The shielding itself can be prized open and the disk should be pulled from the IDE and molex connectors horizontally.

(side note: this one has a seagate IDE inside, they seem to be different brands from the same company)

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If it is the same model I worked with, remove the two screws by the interface.  Shine a light through the slits on the side so you can see which side you need to pry down on the latches from.  Start on one end (I started on the interface end, not the power light end - of course you will be tearing the warranty sticker) and use something that will fit through the slits (I used a precision flat head screwdriver) and press down on each latch, one by one.  As a latch releases, pull the halves apart as much as they will give and put something like a flat head screwdriver or clean putty knife in the space to keep the latch from re-engaging.  Once you have the first two latches freed, the halves stay apart rather easily.

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The enclosure was not made to disassemble, so you will have to fore the case open gingerly to extract the drive. It should be IDE (which is commonly known as PATA) unless the drive was advertised as SATA.

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My Maxtor 3200 died also. I took the following steps to get it running again.
(1) Remove plastic box from around unit. Carefully stick a screwdrive in the case division and pry it apart. It is not easy, but do will finally come apart.
(2) inside you will find a perforated metal box. There are two screw on each side of the box. Remove and separate the two halves.
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I suspect that the problem is in the interface (PC board), since the only thing I did was remove that from the equation. Hope this helps

Kudos! Thanks!
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