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How do I take the case apart to get to the hard drive?

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Hi I had this problem and found this site very helpful.http://www.ransackery.com/western-digital-mybook-open-case-recover-data.htm. Unlucky for me my hard drive was broken which isnt very good as ive only had the drive 2 years :o(.

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Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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It is not recomeded to take it apart to get to the hard drive.
does it not work???
if you still need it apart. try lifting the rubber feet from it.
also this maybe a snap together unit with small amounts of glue at the corners. you may need to wedge something in the groove.
good luck. i dont have one in front of me so i can't see the unit.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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