Question about Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
Have removed hard drive from case but screw heads damaged and cannot remove them to get inside hard drive :(
Posted by Anonymous on
First of all, why do you want to open up your Hard Drive? Once you remove the cover, it's ruined. If you are talking about removing the hard drive from another enclosure, then, you are in for trouble. There is not a screw extractor that small. Try to use a fine fine to make a slot in the head deep enough to where you can use a straight driver to get it out. It won't be easy, but I have been able to work the screws out that way.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Most companies make external HD's as a means to use up their stocks of the obsoleting ATA (IDE) HD's. My bet is that unless they joyously announce (usually on the box) that it has a "SATA" drive inside, then they must have an IDE (which they don't usually announce so readilly).
Unless it voids your warranty I suggest you just pop open the drive and look.
Posted on Mar 17, 2008
I did open a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB !
The thing was awful, the case is just a nightmare to crack. The base is easy, you have the screws under the tiny rubber feet. The metal over the electric parts is easy to take apart, you just unglue and carefully open. You unscrew then the four flat-headed screws the hold in place the electrics, and the three big ones that hold together the base and the upper part.
Here comes the nasty part.
You unplug all connectors, but the upper case is VERY (I mean VERY) well tightened. It's held in place in 4 points, and the plastic made my fingers bleed. I can surely say it's a very well made case, strong as military, but impossible to open without destroying.
In the upper part the plastic holding points are quite close to the lower edge, but the two lower ones are somewhat 2,5 or 3 inches away from the edge, and this is where you'll get stuck. I couldn't just pry them open, so in the end, even though the unit is safe and sound, the lid (the part with the Seagate logo) was torn an bent.
My problem was at the electrical part, so I don't care much for the case, but I feel bad for having to literally destroy such a good-looking external enclosure.
Hope this is helpful to all of you in trouble with this issue !
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
This is one of the mean tricks that the industry uses to discourage people from opening things and then totally ruining them.
What about getting yourself a 5-star-shaped screwdriver? Ask your hardware store guy.
Too expensive? Well - I have a lot of different simple slotted screwdrivers. Normally I find one that fits into 2 corners of these "miracle screws". If you don't have fitting one use a cheap one that is slightly too large to fit and grind it down just to size.
The same trick works with the other kind of "discouragement screws" that have ALMOST a normal slot --- but there's an elevation in the middle of it. A slot screwdriver with a ground-in **** in the middle (Dremel tools work fine) does the trick.
Posted on Sep 24, 2009
I believe Seagate has a 5yr warranty with this drive. Why not have Seagate honor the warranty and have them repair or replace the drive?
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
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Feel along the back and bottom side of your Maxtor external hard drive. Depending on the specific model of hard drive you have the unit may have screws or plastic latches inside the case. Pull of the warranty sticker and check to see if the screws are located underneath it if you don't see any screws anywhere else. Pull out the rubber stoppers at the bottom of the external hard drive case and check if the screws are located underneath. Remove the screws if your model of Maxtor external hard drive has them. Insert a thin and flat object such as a flat head screwdriver between the seams of the two sides of the case if there are no visible screws. Run the flat object around the length of the external hard drive case until it hits a plastic latch. Wiggle the object up and down until the latch disengages. Continue sliding the screwdriver along the sides until all the latches are disengaged. Pull the two sides of the Maxtor external hard drive case apart to reveal the actual hard drive enclosure inside. Remove the screws holding the hard drive into its metal cage. Pull the existing hard drive unit out the metal cage and replace it with the new hard drive. Reassemble the unit and plug it back into your computer.
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