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    Louis Davidson May 11, 2010

    Why would you want to open a hard drive? What model#?



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Well, if it's for the purposes of making sure it will never work again, here we go...

They usually have screws that require a security bit, about 6 of them infact. You can use a flat-head screwdriver if it's long enough to reach two points of the hex-shape screw... then when they're all off, you can use a flathead screwdriver to pop the top silver cover off. After that, your hard disk is probably ruined forever.

Right about this point, I like to pull the magnets out of it (just because they're handy, and magnets are cool!)... then throw the disk in the bin.

That answers your question perfectly, but if you don't like the fact that there is no way of you opening your hard disk without spending $2000+ giving it to a professional company that have a 100% dust-free room, please don't rate my answer. Otherwise, feel free to give me full points! =-D

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Do you have Norton (Symantec) Go Back installed? Do you have any child protection software turned on? Either one of these will cause the effects that you're seeing. I have heard where customers have had either Mozy or Carbonite installed and there data was invisible when their drives were slaved to another. If any of these cases exist, those software will have to be uninstalled first and then take a look at the drive.

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I have recently purchased a new p.c. i didnt want to lose my files from my old p.c so i bought a maxtor 500gb external hard drive to back up my files and put them onto my new p.c, i am a novice and not...

It's important to lose your files from time to time, but you can also use a migration tool to help you, or just pull the drive from the old machine to keep spare in the new machine (and put a fresh drive in the old machine unless you are going to recycle it.)  Imaging the old drive won't work if you have much encryption going on.

  It's simple to observe: Know what you're doing!  Read books on PC operating systems (e.g. bsd and windows) and keep very good track of what you want to preserve and what you could be doing better.

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Hi Nuisance101, I recall your running vista. Vista is a nightmare. If you cound only see the troubles we see on a daily basis here at FixYa you'ed understand. It's a common problem with Vista not seeing USB devices, externial devices. It does & then the next second it doesn't. Same for all external devices. I'm am 100% sure the trouble is not your system or your devices. It's Vista. I have gone over dozens of post from vista users. One would think MS has been on vacation since the release of vista. You can look at vista's web site for help for a possible fix, at this link. (I have no faith). MS blames driver software. Your Maxtor drive is external. Henve no driver software.
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Either way I though Maxtor addressed vista issues. I prefer Seagate drives myself. Personally know lots of people who's Maxtor's drives have just gone down for no reason. Seagate bought Maxtor.

Most of the post from vista users, claim users should check vista's updates often. Since Max Blaster did its job, I'm inclined to blame vista.

I wish I could give you a better fix or suggestion but I'm up against vista. That's why I run WinXP Pro. I do not have these problems.

Best wishes Nuisance101!

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you don't..that's factory level only, mostly due to the clean room requirements for handling the naked hard disk

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