The Western Digital Passport is a series of sleek, portable storage devices that allow users to access their favourite videos, photos and files on the go. Like any hard drive device, Western Digital Passports can often times need repair or replacement. If this occurs, removing the storage data requires the removal of the WD Passport from its outer shell. Although the Passport consists of two types of designs, removal of the outer shell is easy and takes less than five minutes with the right tools.
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Things you need
- Credit card (or butter knife)
- Flathead screwdriver
Identify your particular model. Most portable Western Digital Passports have a case made of two main parts -- the outer shell, which creates a D-shape, and the internal hard drive, which is housed inside the outer shell.
Unlock the plastic clips. Slide a credit card or a butter knife between the outer shell and the internal hard drive. Start from the top of the hard drive casing and work you way around to the bottom, which should unlock the plastic clips.
Grip the outer shell with one hand and grab the inner internal hard drive piece with the other. Slowly pull the two pieces apart to reveal the internal hard drive.
Tips and warnings
- If your model consists of one piece, use flathead screwdriver to remove the four screws on top and on bottom. The shell should detach, revealing the hard drive.
- Use your Western Digital internal hard drive with another computer by removing the four screws with a flathead screwdriver to reveal a delicate interior. Be sure not to touch the circuit boards and internal components when moving the hard drive to your computer.
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