Alex’s TecTip: How to use an external hard drive internally (Seagate Barracuda 2TB)

Alex’s TecTip: How to use an external hard drive internally (Seagate Barracuda 2TB)


SONY DSC
Learn how to decompose an external hard drive and how to use it internally.

 

Quaint Project accepts no liability for damages of any kind and data losses. All actions at your own risk.

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.

advantages

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

  1. you don’t need a free a free electronic socket any more. You won’t have any wire jumbles either 🙂

  2. faster data transfers compared to an external hard drive

  3. you can build your own Raid System from existing and internal hard drives

disadvantages

  1. your warranty claim will be limited or lost.

  2. There is no certainty which model is used.

What you need

What you need:
  • a knife or scissors
  • a screwdriver
  • thin plastic cards e.g. your credit card 🙂
  • a palette knife

 

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.

advert.hardrive
Click on the advert to read the german version

SONY DSC

Start with removing the tape and open the seal.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

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.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

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! 🙂

SONY DSC

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.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

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.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

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.

SONY DSC

The actual hard drive is mounted in a cage. You shouldn’t have trouble with removing it. Take care of the contacts.

SONY DSC

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.

SONY DSC

Attach the cable with the pins on your main board (SATA or IDE). Connect the hard drive to an electric cable.

SONY DSC

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.

SONY DSC SONY DSC

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 🙂

Note: Quaintproject assumes no liability!

6 thoughts on “Alex’s TecTip: How to use an external hard drive internally (Seagate Barracuda 2TB)

    1. Thanks John for your critical comment. I can only refer to the advantages section:

      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

      Thank you. Cheers Markus

      Like

  1. I have attempted this but Pc loses all power when drive is attached. I have a 450 wattt psu and have had multiple sata drives connected in the past. Any ideas?

    Like

  2. I did this with the same HDD model though the external parts were different. I wanted a stable large storage internal drive that didn’t keep powering down and I wanted to use the adapter for other hard drives. Too bad mine doesn’t work for DVD drives, because most will work for both.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s