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If you don't want to spend a lot fixing your old macbook, this is an easy way to do it!
I hope it can help you.
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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.
The drive USB interface may be damaged; an external case is available form various vendors for about $20. The drive should pop out and into the new case. If still not recognized, then the ID track on the drive may be compromized - that can happen if the USB is unplugged while it is still writing to the drive. There is drive recovery software out there, like EASEUS that works quite well (they have a demo that you can try free) to see if that would work.
If you have a hard-drive that is formatted as NTFS which stands for (New Technology File Ssytem), Mac OS X can only read the partition. It cannot write to it.
The trick is to use your drive manfacturer's disk-formatting software which will allow you to format your drive as one large partition. Formatting your drive as one large FAT 32 partition is the easiest way to make a drive so it can be used with both PC's and Mac's.
Another option is to use a third part utility so that you can read a MAC formated harddrive's from your PC. Here is one option: http://www.macdrive.com/.