How to Disassemble a Seagate External 500GB Drive Case

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How to Disassemble a Seagate External 500GB Drive Case
Inside the case is the hard drive itself. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

External hard drives are handy ways to store extra data that doesn't fit on your computer. Disassembling the case on a Seagate 500GB external drive lets you look at the details written on the drive itself. For example, some Seagate 500GB drives are actually made by Samsung and sold with the Seagate case. This is legal, but may not be what you're looking for in a drive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flat razor blade
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Set the Seagate on a flat surface and hold the back portion steady with one hand.

  2. 2

    Slide a flat razor blade into the front seam. The metal cover is glued down the sides, so you need to pry the case up.

  3. 3

    Pry up gently to begin detaching the case and undoing the adhesive. Be careful to avoid bending the metal. The Seagate is made with a soft metal that bends easily, and you want to avoid denting it too much.

  4. 4

    Pry up the plastic part of the inner casing with a screwdriver after the metal lid is open.

  5. 5

    Pull out the drive after the inner casing is pried up.

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