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Remove drive from Arcdisk 20

I need to know how to remove the Hitachi Travelstar drive from an Arcdisk 20GB. I want to try and find another case/shell/enclosure to move the data to another drive. Power plug on drive is non-working.

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If the power plug on the drive doesn't work, putting it into an external case is pointless.

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