Question about Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, eSATA, External 500 GB 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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Posted on Nov 08, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Thank you for your reply.
I have solved the problem with local help.
Printed installation manual of Seagate 500 GB eSATA external hard drive has not properly mentioned how to use power on/off switch once connected to mains. I could get local help, who has already used the device. On/Off switch to be pressed for few seconds after mains connected, sometimes it comes automatically once power is on and USB cable pluged to the USB port of PC if power supply is ok. There is no indicator for the power supply (before device glows) after connected to the mains. I was in confusion whether power supply is ok or not.
Finally, It was found that the problem was with mains power supply and I have changed the power socket and adapter.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
This is a solution I have used in the past and it has worked. It's a Seagate Recover utility for end users.
If the data is absolutley critical and very valuable, you can send it to Seagate and they are very good at recovery as well. It gets a little pricey at $800, but I too have had to use that as well for mission critical data I could not afford to lose.
Posted on Nov 06, 2009
DO NOT buy a Seagate freeagent drive under any condition if it comes as a gift return it or re-gift to some one you don't like. Like so many others my 500GB external drive just quit working. Has only been plugged in about 6 times and then back into a cabinet to keep safe. In 10 years between 2 workstations 3 laptops and 4 external drives. The only drives that have ever gone bad are the Seagates and newer Maxators. I still have 4 Western digital drives that still work and get used in an external case for back up. They have never failed. Seagate should be responsible for data time and mental anguish.
Posted on Nov 15, 2009
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