Introduction: Opening a Maxtor Basics Desktop Storage Casing

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So you have this kinda HDD that you wanna pry it open. But wondering how to. 

I was wondering myself. I had to open this piece up because the power supply did not work properly and I need to change the exterior casing and power supply circuit. I tried to look for any manual or instruction to open it up but to no avail.

So I gave it a try. And to help others, this is the way to do it.

And gonna make it simple and straight forward. All you need is a flathead screwdriver (or something similar).

Step 1: Unscrew the Casing

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At the back of the external HDD, you will find a sticker that covers the only screw that is outside of the casing.

Unscrew this first.

Step 2: Side Panel

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The next step is to pry open the side panel. To do this is kinda tricky. You need a flathead screwdriver, but be careful not to damage the latches.

You can see from the picture where you need to pry it open.

Once the side panel is off, you are pretty much halfway there.

Step 3: Other Side...

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The other side of the HDD has 3 latches. 

Pry them open with a screwdriver as well.

Step 4: Front Side

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The front side has 2 latches that need to be pried open. 

After that you can just pull the indicator LED upwards.

Step 5: ...and the Rest...

...is pretty much self explainable. You just hafta unscrew here and there. 

Happy repairing!!!

Comments

MichaelE179 (author)2016-07-31

Thankyou for this I lost my power supply and usb cord was able to follow along but only thing if you are going to attempt this is after you have taken the casing off you will end up finding strange screws so make sure you have the right screw set for the screws all is happy for me thanks again

lawrencemok.hk (author)2015-04-12

thank you, i followed that can got my harddisk out of the potentially dead casing, point of note, step 3 is quite difficult, i did skipped and did step 4 first before step 3

The Ideanator (author)2011-05-15

So all this ible is for is to show how to remove an external hard drive shell? Wouldn't it be easier just to post a video of this in an ible that covers more than just opening it up?

Year 2014 11/3 That was usefull. Thanks.

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