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  1. I needed a hard drive and there are no cheap computer stores in the area, so I bought a Seagate Backup Plus Hub at Costco to remove the drive. You can see where I broke the case trying to remove it.
    • I needed a hard drive and there are no cheap computer stores in the area, so I bought a Seagate Backup Plus Hub at Costco to remove the drive.

    • You can see where I broke the case trying to remove it.

  2. The plastic case is composed of three parts held together with clips. You are supposed to take off the flat top first, and then the sides. Unfortunately, I didn't know what it looked like inside, and I still don't know how to open the clips without breaking them.
    • The plastic case is composed of three parts held together with clips.

    • You are supposed to take off the flat top first, and then the sides.

    • Unfortunately, I didn't know what it looked like inside, and I still don't know how to open the clips without breaking them.

  3. Here are some close-ups.  Yous can see where I broke most of the plastic clips. Here are some close-ups.  Yous can see where I broke most of the plastic clips. Here are some close-ups.  Yous can see where I broke most of the plastic clips.
    • Here are some close-ups. Yous can see where I broke most of the plastic clips.

  4. Hard drive is a Seagate ST5000DM000-1FK178 The drive is optimized for storage so it is LARGE and SLOW.
    • Hard drive is a Seagate ST5000DM000-1FK178

    • The drive is optimized for storage so it is LARGE and SLOW.

    • Some people are removing it from an enclosure and selling on Ebay or Amazon. You get a big drive, but not a very good one.

    • I'm going to have to buy another drive.

结论

I couldn't put it back together again. And this turned out to be a BAD IDEA since the drive is very SLOW.

4等其他人完成本指南。

Alan Nishioka

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I just wanted to add to this guide. I tried to disassemble it as well. I started by removing the top. As you described I could not find a way to remove the plastic top without damaging the plastic clips. Once the top was removed I was able to remove all the internal components without any issues. To remove the hard drive I unclipped all the plastic clips on the inside of the frame, lifted up the frame and slid the hard drive out of the back of the case.

I have the 8TB version. It uses a Seagate Archive HDD based on SMR technology. It is not fast but good for inexpensive mass storage.

Joel Oscarsson - 回复

By removing the plastic clips, the casing can easily hold itself together, when only removing the top and wile NOT damaging the HDD frame.

By removing the top i only made some small cosmetic damage at the buttom of the HDD frame and the plastic top as the only damge to the case. (And the of course the plastic clips)

I could not se any way to NOT damage the plastic clips.

Mikki Sørensen - 回复

Part 1

Use a very small blade screwdriver to get into the gap between rear panel and the large cover that goes round the front and surrounds the 2 usb externals.

Starting at one edge force the tip of the screwdriver in and twist till you get a little gap, then unsert a larger screwdriver blade and twist till the clip pops off.

Move little screww driver to the other side of the bigger one and then move the larger screw driver pass the little one and twist etc

When you get past half way use two more screwdrivers to do the same around the corner where you started. Once you pop a clip around the corner leave the larger screwdriver in the gap and return to the end piece. (Doing the corner now helps stop the end clips slipping back into place.

Continue the end and then do two clips around the corner, then return to the other side and do two clips, then back to the other side and do two clips.

From here you should be able to do the rest with your hands by tilting the cover up.

drdoug_au - 回复

Part 2

Once the cover is off the drive and electronics just slips out by turning the case open side down, four screws behind the rubber vibration washers and you can unplug it.

Reassembly must be done exactly in reverse from a tilted position at the2 x usb plugs end. You will damage some clips, but I got mine back together ok.

drdoug_au - 回复

My interest was simply getting the drive out so I could use it connected as a native SATA drive. Expect to wreck the case if this is your goal. As proposed above, remove the flat size. Metal prying tools in my iFixit kit were better for this, the overall strength of this assemble case bested the plastic “pry” tools. Once I had the assembly open, the back (power) end of the system went next; average sized pliers cracked the back and I could pry it and one side away. Eventually you will have a metal chassis in hand. remove the four side screws, and the drive pops off the power/data ports quite easily. If you want to preserve the case disassembly is NOT advised. It appears it was made to snap together and break upon disassembly. Total “destructive” disassembly took about 20 minutes.

Doug Austin - 回复

The insane temperatures made me come to this disassembly guide. This case is designed with zero airflow in mind. The honeycomb grid is fully blocked with the exception a partial section at the bottom of the drive. Now disassembled and inspecting the middle piece I really can’t get my head around the motivations of this faulty design. At least some ventilation at the top would have had allowed for air convection to take care of it.

I have been monitoring the temps using HWmonitor. I live in Sweden and in summer we rarely go over 25 C. This drive was reaching 52 C when backing up files to it. My internal drives inside my case which are very restricted for air even get a not so worrisome 40s C.

I got suspicious when I saw many reviews about this unit (I got a 8TB) dying out after a few months.

Thanks to the guide I managed to take it a part with minimal damage (some clips are bent). I used a butter knife and it tok e around 5-10min in the kitchen.

Thanks for sharing!

Joanan Boneu - 回复

Thanks for sharing this guide. The case is easier to open when you know going in that reassembly is a lost cause. I had a Barracuda 6TB drive in mine, so it was actually a decent hard drive for mass storage. Unfortunately, it was the dead component - not just the case - after falling off my dresser violently. Paid $130 for the unit at Costco. Drive itself was $170 on Amazon. Not a bad deal.

matt1122 - 回复

I had an 8TB drive. But when I removed the HDD and inserted it into the PC, the computer was able to recognise only 2TB despite the drive being formatted as GPT. Any clues as to how I can recover the remaining 6 TB? Thanks

Ellankavi Ramasamy -

Could somebody who has teared down the enclosure check the SATA bridge chip used underside the PCB? Changes are that it’s a ASM1153 or ASM1153E but nobody has not yet confirmed it. Every photo of the PCB has been blurry enough to not be readable. According to one video the biggest chip is Genesys Logic GL 3520 (USB hub controller) but the 2nd largest chip has too small text to be readable.

mikko.rantalainen - 回复

I added pictures of the back of the circuit board. SATA bridge chip is:

asmedia

ASM1153

B07P75D8A0

1633

Alan Nishioka -

Can someone confirm that the drive has standard SATA connectors? That is not the case with the WD external 2.5” drives.

joelacour - 回复

Yes, it does. I used it in my Synology NAS.

Joel Oscarsson -

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