Picture of Disassembling a Western Digital My Book
I will demonstrate how to disassemble a My Book using a new 500gb My Book.

Step 1: Removing the cover

To remove the cover of the My Book, you will need a flathead screwdriver. I also used razor blades, but they can be replaced or omitted if you would like to do it differently.

First, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the mesh away from the cover (do not try to lift the cover up, you will just break things). Start to pry in the middle of the book and you should see two plastic snaps lift up, I put a razor blade between the snaps to prevent them from locking in again. Do this to both sides.

Second, begin to pry the binding area of the book away from the mesh. Pry in small amounts, alternating from one end to the other. When there is enough of the gap, you will be able to slide the cover off of the mesh with your hands.
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nshootz1 year ago

I got this thing apart and put a 3TB drive in there. I had to first format the drive in my computer, but it's working great now!

lilidondon1 year ago

Thank you! I recovered mine perfectly. But there is a small piece which I can't define. Can you tell?


hi. looks like the support for lock system, upright from the usb connector, maybe is not necessary for the assambly.

Shanem211 year ago

Very good...this helped...hope I can recover it now that I know how it's built.

Didn't break anything but the expired warranty..;)

Boogie96052 years ago
TThanks!! very Informative... Nice and simple...
capn4 years ago
Can you remove the drive from the mybook and place it inside a computer?
pezmanlou (author)  capn4 years ago
Yeah, it's just a regular hard drive inside the enclosure. Nothing exotic
LTadpole4 years ago
Thanks a lot. My wife's computer didn't recognize the drive through USB, Firewire 400, or Firewire 800. Your instructions were easy to follow. Hooked it up to my Newer Tech drive reader thingie, and my wife can now access her files. One question: can anyone give me a hint about why all the interfaces would go bad? Is that common? The drive is probably 3 years old.
rotven4 years ago
Fortunately my hard drive is still alive and kicking, but I kinda dropped it (please don't file for hard drive abuse!) a few days ago and since then the LED light has been really weak. I could see by looking inside the case through the top that the LED extender slipped to the left a bit, so I cracked it open and moved it back into place. That LED extender isn't secured very well if you ask me.
Anyway, thank you very much for this guide!
marius1004 years ago
How to I take the case off 1.5T WD my book?
pezmanlou (author)  marius1004 years ago
If you have the 1.5TB My Book with a similar looking case, you should be able to disassemble it using the same (or similar) technique that I use in this tutorial. If the case looks drastically different and you are nervous about damaging your hard drive, don't be. You can do a lot of damage (from prying) to the case without touching the hard drive.
mwade824 years ago
thanks for taking the time to share this, you just saved me a bunch of time, frustration, and probably a broken case
Excellent for disassembly, but be ready for some damage to the case, as the plastic can't handle much levering. also does not work for a WD 1TB drive
This does in fact work for a 1TB drive. I have just done it since the hard drive was heating up quite high. Really big time gap for the response but hopefully this would help someone else.
silphium5 years ago
Replaced WD10EAVS that came with the Mybook with a WD20EARS. Easy swap. Works perfectly. Mybook uses rubber bushings for shock isolation, unlike most external enclosures. This plus the superior ventilation make the Mybook an excellent salvage choice.
cuchillo5 years ago
Thanks Baby! Finally open My book to test the drive out afetr some usb problems, thanks!
bronxboy405 years ago
hello everyone. my 1 TB WD hard drive my book died and i need to recover my files? what can i do?  freeze it , take i tout and connect it to the house pc internally ? etc??  anything? is there any software that you recommend? 
Take out the hard drive, attach it to your computer, boot off of an  Ubuntu DVD, and move all your files to a usb stick.
wule5 years ago
 hi, can i put larger  drive inside this case? I mean something like caviar green 1TB inside my book 500?
Itanium2k5 years ago
Hi. I have open my book ELITE 1tb but now is difficulty for deattach the hard drive. Who have photo?
Thanks a lot, my friend. Some days ago, my WD 1TB stopped to works and I was very mad about it, because I would lost all my files...then...I test the power cable and it's was working fine...so, the problem was inside the Hard Drive...with this tutorial, I'd could finally open the case and plug the HD to my PC and recover all the files...

Thanks again...safe my life...

hi FRED, my drive died. 1 TB lass than 1 yr old. i have ot get my files back. were you able ot get yor files recovered from this WD drive...?

Thanks Buddy, with all the pictures and information available, finally I can open this stupid case.
LoXaR5 years ago
Same thing done on the newer 640 GB model :) Big thanks to You :)
jacklegg5 years ago
Thanks for the info.  Exactly what I needed before destroying my WD 1TB hard drive case.  Opening the case is my problem, the rest I can do.  It is always an interesting puzzle to figure out how the case is snapped together when no screws are visable. 
Great photos.  The internet is truely the "library of the world."
diac5 years ago
Thanks a lot man!!!
pbarnak5 years ago
After prying the top, it will swing out.  The outside black case does not lift out, but it will swing open. There is metal clip that holds the internal parts to the plastic casing. Make sure you release the to black clips on the ends.
sonicstorm5 years ago
Thank you very much for the guide.  The newer drive enclosures are definitely easier to open than the older ones.
centoligua6 years ago
Thanks, I was looking for the manual like this. hmmm.... I think that strong finger power is required in first step. Anyway I'll try it. Thanks again.
nnyxmfan6 years ago
i couldn't get it to work on the 1 tb one i just bought.
Worked Great on my 1TB and no damage anywhere, didn't even scratch the plastic. Thanks very much :)
imbenx6 years ago
thx so so so much~! i have been looking for this new edition of my book take apart instruction for a long time.
m1kta6 years ago

Common practice in nearly all PC kit these days to use a clear formed piece of poly carbonate plastic to take the LED light away from a PCB or similar to where it is needed. All those usb cases with external red and blue strips are done the same way.

BTW to open the case which is the hard bit really there is a MUCH easier method....

On the BOTTOM there are two little circular holes either side near the 'spine' on the book. They have plastic locking lugs in them. Depress and the cover slides off. No messing about with razor blades etc. Easiest way to depress them is with a 2mm jewellers screwdriver (like what is used to fix the arms on your glasses).

sunglint6 years ago
On a newer model, the 500G dual interface, there are two little clips that need to be pushed down, if you look at the picture above where he says "pry gently" on the pop-up, on each end in one of those big slots there is a little clip (similar to where you see a white strip inside the case in his photo.) Although I ended up largely doing what was described here, it looks like just those clips are the real hold in the newer model.
ninjanody6 years ago
very helpfull guide... i try too open my old book 160gb but it also has a screw hidden i ste on side.. i want to change the green led with auto change rgb leb but no luck it was very different inside and i couldn't hack the led ring color.. the led are in a pcb panel in side with the switch in frond so no rgb led can be changed easily...
dangel666 years ago
Hi there and thanks a bunch for the step by step. Managed to open mine in a minimum time
aj6197 years ago
Thank you I needed this because I wanted to take my hard drive apart and couldn't understand the video on youtube that well this was a big help thanks
gimincorp7 years ago
THANK YOU for Instructable! I now have a USB adapter for my IDE drives! Yeah! Only correction: on regular USB drives pry from the back first (like it said) then at the either side and THEN at the binding. Please post continuation on how to remove drive from its mesh housing
1234567 years ago
Good work. I don't have to use a chisel and luck now! Thanks (this is not my real login - so no IMs)
Thanks, was thinking of putting my 500 inside the machine and putting a different larger drive in the wd. Now I can do it without breaking the enclosure. :-)
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