How to Open a Western Digital MyBook USB Drive.





Introduction: How to Open a Western Digital MyBook USB Drive.

After a few months of loud clicking coming out of my Western Digital MyBook it finally died.

I had an extra SATA drive around, so I thought why not replace it?

This version of the MyBook has no external screws and has to be opened similar to a bike tire.

Step 1: Supplies

There are many models of MyBooks, this one has a set of blue LEDs that "spin" when the drive is active.

The model is: WD3200D032.

A flat blade screwdriver
A Phillips screwdriver

Step 2: First Entry

The easiest place to start is above the USB port and behind the WD logo. Carefully insert your screwdriver between the plastic trim and the metal cover.

Step 3: Work Your Way Around

Work your way around the case popping the cover off as you go.

Step 4: Tabs

So do both sides of the cover like in the previous steps. Once that is done you'll notice its still stuck on there.

There are some tabs on the bottom of the drive that hold it in, press them in with your screw driver and the cover will come off.

Step 5: 4 Screws

Remove the four screws from the back of the drive.

Step 6: 2 Screws

Remove the 2 screws holding on the circuit board.

Step 7: 4 More Screws

Remove the last 4 screws on the side of the actual hard drive.

Just replace with your sata drive and reverse the steps.



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    Mine has a little philips screw under on the the rubber foot pads. Once I took out that screw I could just push the plastic tabs on the side in and the unit slid out. Unfortunately, my hard drive is a IDE type connector, not SATA. Need to check how the $/gbyte are for those these days...

    Hi Joe,

    First of all, thanks for sharing your knowlage. Found your article via google.

    But you did NOT use the correct methode to open the case.
    Following upi your instructions, you WILL damage the case. Now the clips are broken, and the device can not close anymore.

    Please alter your instruction, and instruct people to open the case by push down the 2 clips on top and bottom via the holes in the top and bottom in the front of the case.

    This is meantioned before by "lemonshark10" and "nnnnnnnn".

    @Admin: I would not pay for a site with incorrect instructions.


    I also have that screwdriver! i love it :P

    Thanks man, I got this same type of case on my failed My Book, no screws anywhere on the outside. Still under warranty so I should get a replacement, i put it back together very carefully and looks same as it was before opening. I managed to rescue some irreplaceable photos by freezing the hard drive, then I connected it to my PC with a USB/IDE/Serial ATA adapter. Freezing it gave me like 10 minutes at a time to work with it each time I froze it so i had to freeze it about 5 times (24 hrs at a time or overnight) and rescue some data, happy to say I got all my irreplaceable stuff back... Thanks again ;)

     Our IT guys did this same thing to recover a ppt psoter I had spent DAYS on.  Awesome little trick to have in the repertoire!  They were sure to put it in an anti static bag as well just to be safe.
    They had about 10min as well.  They explained it as being a "warping" issue with some parts (maybe the actuator?) and the freezing allowed things to reform, but then warp again when it heats up after 10min.

    do you mean literally freeze it? or is it some thing else

    Yeah, he means he put it in his freezer to lower the temperature to make the hard drive work just long enough to get his data off. This is an old but useful trick for data recovery.

    Thanks a lot for your help

    There is no need to pop the edges the tabs merely slide through rails on the inside. one can just use a screw driver to push down the tab on the top and use a flathead to pull it back far enough that it doesn't go back into place and is under the grill crossbar things. then flip it over and repeat. more or less the entire cover can be removed just by doing step four and then sliding the two pieces of the case apart