How to Disassemble a Maxtor Hard Drive

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How to Disassemble a Maxtor Hard Drive
Taking apart a Maxtor hard drive. (hard drive 2 image by Graham Lumsden from

Maxtor was a manufacturer of external hard drives until the Seagate corporation bought them in 2006 and redesigned the electronics. Even though Maxtor is no longer in existence, you can still find older model Maxtor hard drives on the market. If you happen to be an owner of a Maxtor hard drive you may be wondering if there's anyone who knows how to dismantle the device should a problem arise. The good news is that you can disassemble a Maxtor hard drive on your own if you need to access the internal components in order to fix problems or modify the hardware.

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Things you need

  • Small Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Place your Maxtor hard drive on a table and turn it so the back of the device is facing you.

  2. 2

    Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the four screws located on each corner of the back rear plastic panel. Once all the screws are removed gently pull the plastic panel away from the drive.

  3. 3

    Turn the hard drive on its side and pull the plastic panel off of the drive with your fingers. It may require a little force, but be careful not to break the panel. Then turn it over again and remove the other panel the same way.

  4. 4

    Stand the hard drive on its side and lift the end of the metal housing panel up with your fingers while simultaneously pushing it forward. The panel should slide right out.

  5. 5

    Remove the thick strips of copper tape from each side of the drive with your fingers.

  6. 6

    Remove the two screws on either side of the back of the hard drive located at the seam where the two halves of the metal case connect. Pull the top half of the hard drive away from the bottom half to expose the internal components of the device. Your Maxtor hard drive is now completely disassembled.

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