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Disassymbly I removed two screws and a plastic plate from one end, but it will not separate unless I do some serious metal and plastic distorting. Previously, I failed to mention that I am a laptop user. So, is there some special adapter that will allow me to hook the HD ,once it is out, to my laptop?

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The Cases Hold a Hard drive,Just like the ones found inside any PC.Simply open the case(Carefully),and plug it in just as any other Drive.Nuff' Said.

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I discovered later that there were two holes on the connection plate that you can install screws. Once the screws are installed, they would serve as handles so that the internals can be separated from the case. 

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Probably best to buy an empty Disk enclosure, (as a power supply is needed as well as a IDE/SATA (depending on the disk) -> USB2 adapter,  The empty disk enclosure should have everything you need to make the disk work.

Just check what type of disk it is before buying (IDE/SATA)

These cases clip together in a special way (if you know how to open them they are easy, but the manufacturer's don't want you just taking them apart so once the parts of the shell are together, that's it... some of them even glue them. but hopefully as this is a more up market one it should not be glued.


Just check that the enclosure that you buy can handle disks higher in capacity than 137GB (LBA-48bit)


hope this helps

Posted on Oct 15, 2007

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If you are running out of room on the hard disk drive because of all the programs you have installed, it may be time to replace it with a new one that has a larger capacity.
Replacing the hard disk drive on a Toshiba laptop is a fairly straightforward and simple process, as you only need to remove one other component to be able to reach the hard drive.

Save a backup copy of any file or program that you will need from the original hard disk drive to an external device such as a CD-RW or USB flash drive.
Shut down the Toshiba laptop's operating system completely.
Disconnect the power cable if it was plugged in and then close the top screen lid.
Flip the entire unit over so that the bottom end of the laptop case is facing towards you.

Hold down the release latch for the Toshiba laptop's battery.
Slide the laptop battery out of the case and then put it aside.
Locate the screw at the upper-left corner of the case that holds the CD or DVD drive into place.
Remove the screw and set it aside. Grab the edge of the CD or DVD drive and then pull it away from the Toshiba laptop case. Set the drive aside.
Remove the four screws holding the large square plastic cover over the hard disk drive at the lower left end of the laptop case.
Lift the square plastic cover off the laptop case and set it aside so that you can see the metal plate that covers the hard disk drive.
Take out the screws holding the metal plate in place.
Lift the metal plate out of the case and set it aside.
Remove the two screws at the top edge of the hard disk drive and then the two screws at the bottom edge of the hard disk drive.
Disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard by sliding it out towards you.
Lift the hard disk drive out of the case and set it aside.
Push the new hard drive into the open slot and then reconnect the four screws.
Set the metal plate back on top of the new hard disk drive and then attach its screws.
Put the plastic cover on and reattach the cover's screws.
Slide the CD or DVD drive back into its port and then reconnect the screw.
Put the battery back into the Toshiba laptop.
Turn the laptop over and open up the screen.
Power the computer on. Insert the recovery disk that came with the Toshiba laptop into the CD or DVD drive.
Follow the operating system installation instructions that will appear on the screen.
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How can i open my new seagate 500gb hard drive?

May be a little different, than the Seagate FreeAgent external harddrive enclosures I've opened up.
Here are for two styles;

1) Style one:
External enclosure sits on a hollow tube that ends in a base.

Turn the Seagate FreeAgent external drive over on it's top, base up in the air. The base is formed out of two parts made of plastic.

A flat part on top, and a cupped shaped plastic part underneath. (Shaped like a rectangular cake pan)

The rectangular 'cake pan' part has 4 feet on it.
The rectangular shaped part comes out of the flat base.
If you look close you will see a parting line where the two plastic parts meet.

A flat tipped screwdriver is used to pry the rectangular shaped 'cake pan' out of the flat top part.
Start in one area of the parting line, pry up a little. Move over, and pry up again. Keep going around until the rectangular shape comes out.

The flat part attaches to a hollow tube shape. Looking down there are three Philips head screws to remove. Removing them removes the flat shaped part of the base.
One on each outside edge, (Two total), one in the middle.

The flat part comes off.
Then you will see two more Philips head screws to remove. One on each side.

After removing the base, and the two screws listed above, the external enclosure comes apart in two halves like a clamshell.

The two halves have a parting line where a flat tipped screwdriver is inserted to pry them apart.
DO NOT insert the flat tipped screwdriver tip, in between the two halves of the case, more than the length of half the length of a fingernail!

It ISN'T an easy task to separate the two halves. You won't be using the external enclosure's case anymore.
Also watch your fingers! The plastic edges are S-H-A-R-P!

One half of the external enclosure's case has tabs that stick out along the edges of the case.
These are shaped like a square loop. The loop has a hollow space in it. A Female tab if you will.

The other half of the external enclosure's case has tabs, that snap into the square loops. A Male tab if you will.
The female square loops are plastic formed from the case, and can break easily.
After you open the case you'll see what I mean.

One half of the case removes. The other half has the Harddrive attached to it.
After you remove the case half, you will see a metal shield.
There are two long Philips screws that go down through the metal shield, and hold the Harddrive assembly to the other half of the case cover.
Remove them. Two on each side.

You now half to use your fingers, and a little brute force, and pry the Harddrive assembly out of the case half.
Metal shield and all.

You will see two wires, (Red and Black) that connect to the case half, and come up to a White connector that attaches to the Harddrive assembly.
Disconnect the connector from the Harddrive assembly.
Lay the case half aside.

You can now see how to remove the Harddrive from the rest of the assembly.

2) Style Two:
Shaped like a book, with one side having a taper, or slope.

I believe this explains it better than I could. It's a video.

I would NOT use a sharp bladed Knife!!
Use a butter knife, or a thin flat tipped screwdriver!
WATCH your fingers. There's No need to hurry, or use dangerous techniques.
Want you safe!

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User's Manual does not list HD removal.

That being said.....
this is the instructions for a P15-S479, but may be what you need.

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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.
(3) there you will discover that inside is just an ordinary Maxtor hard drive like you would buy in the electronics store. Attached to the HD is a PC board. There are 3 screws holding the PC board down. Remove the screws and carefully remove the HD and PC board.
(4) unplug the powere plug and the IDE interface from the HD. Now you have a HD that you can install in your own case (as long as you have a desktop unit and not a laptop).
(5) I installed the HD in an empty slot, connected the IDE cable that was already there (between the CD and IDE interface), plugged in the power plug, fired 'er up, and voila, works like a champ.

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

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Try this...

use a long bladed kitchen knife to get carefully spread apart the sides from the bottom plate. there are 4 small tabs along each side of the case going int 4 slots on the bottom plate. The long sharp blade inserts easily between the side and bottom plate.
Carefully pry the side away from the bottom plate starting from the front working towards the back. You gently twist the blade to get the tabs out of the slots. the first one is the hardest. After that they pop out easy.
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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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How Do You Open a Maxtor 3200 500 gb case?

remove the two visible phillips screws on the connector end of the case, (there are no hidden screws under the labels and the little squareish slot is nothing i can figure other than another vent -- then, press down on one side of the top vents and pull apart along the case halves, it disengages three crappy little small plastic latches, there are the same latches on both case sides -- start on either side, it was not easy. i was only able to open one side enough to forcibly pry open the case with my hands (nothing broke in so doing), so i'd say the design is hardly elegant, certainly not "ingenious."...

why open the case? because the green light flickers or does not glow, meaning the drive is not powered so it will not be recognized. Mine fried from connecting a similar looking AC adapter (a common IBM 12V 4A output AC power supply.) They have the same plug as the proper Maxtor 12V 2A AC supply. I'm pretty sure the higher amperage fried the enclosure circuit which resulted in a flashing or no green light - (when it works the light is steady.) Someone on this site said the 90% of the time when this happens it is just the enclosure power supply that failed, and that the fix is to remove the raw drive from the case and put into another enclosure (or connect to an internal IDE/ATA power and connector ribbon)

...but the bad news is when i put the raw drive in a good enclosure, it still only flickered, so i think 500 Gb drive is toast...well, at least i figured how to open the damn case...

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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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