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In the following article I explain you how to disassemble a hard drive and how to integrate it to your existing computer system. I start with showing you the positive and negative aspects of this method.
1.External hard drives are easy to get in electronic stores while internal ones are sometimes hard to find in shops
2.you can use the power supply and the the hard drive case for other devices
3.sometimes external hard drives are cheaper than internal ones
- you don’t need a free a free electronic socket any more. You won’t have any wire jumbles either 🙂
faster data transfers compared to an external hard drive
you can build your own Raid System from existing and internal hard drives
your warranty claim will be limited or lost.
There is no certainty which model is used.
What you need
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For my modification I use a Seagate Expansion 2 TB. I have bought this hard drive at a local electronic store for approximately the same price of the used Seagate Barracuda 2000 GB (Model.Nr. ST2000DM001). I have done such a modification earlier without having any trouble until today.
For integrating an external hard disk to your existing I would recommend you to use a 3,5 ” hard drive.
Start with removing the tape and open the seal.
The box contains the power supply, a USB-3.0 cable, a Schuko adapter and a BS 1363 Adapter. As well as the hard disk itself, a warranty card and quick start guide.
Before you start to disassemble everything go ahead and test the hard disk to discover damages and to prove correct operation. There are no bugs?-Start decomposing! 🙂
The following steps might differ depending on the used hard drive. Start with looking for screw holes. Often screws are covered with stickers or are hidden under the rubber foots. The Seagate expansion is covered by a screw less body. Everything is hold together by small plastic cones. With a thin palette knife I try to open the case. Afterwards I insert thin boards of plastic (1mm), these plates are often used by Glazier’s shops to mount windows.
Try to remove the lid carefully. It’s important to work as careful as possible, otherwise you won’t be able to use your case afterwards any more, as the cones are broken.
Remove the pads, witch protect the hard drive against collisions. Under these pads you will find some small Philips screws. Remove and store them carefully as we will need them later for fastening the hard drive in the computer case.
The actual hard drive is mounted in a cage. You shouldn’t have trouble with removing it. Take care of the contacts.
For internal assembly you need a SATA-cable. Sometimes these cables are included to the shipment of the main board. Sometimes you need to by a separate one. You can get one from here. The cable should be connected to the hard drive tightly.
Attach the cable with the pins on your main board (SATA or IDE). Connect the hard drive to an electric cable.
Finally mount the hard drive in a free slot of your computer case with screws, I had mentioned earlier. The following pictures show my final result.
I don’t demonstrate how your hard drive will be accepted by your OS as this step is different depending on the operating system you use and some more factors.
I hope this article with its explanations and pictures is useful to you. If you have questions please post a comment below.
your Alex 🙂
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