How To Open A Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive Enclosure




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Dan Lobb: Thank you this helps me a lot in recovering data off my drive. I didn't want to break the case. I'd recommend no one run the drive in upright position. Mine fell over while writing to the disc.

spark972: Thank you very much, this has been really helfpul.

Leslie Mishigan (ミシガンレスリー): With this, Can I put the disk on a das tower for hard disk? or Can I put on my cpu? Thanks.

Robert Crouch: Thank you!!!!

Manosspan1: Hello, Can you please tell me which side of the disk (right or left-looking it from the front) is the top side(of the internal disk)? I need to place him on a self and I dont want to place him upside-down. I know It doesn't matter at all but I want to know which is the top side of the disk. Thank you

Raj Sarma: Thank you!

Heriberto Magallanes: People should know that there may be a SECOND screw hidden under the label. I found it at the center of the spinning platters.

John Chardine: Excellent! Thank you very much for posting. I have several Seagate 3TB drives and the newer ones have holes in the top and run cooler (based on DriveDx). The older drives have a solid top as shown in the video and run hotter (duh!). I popped the top off and will run the older drive open to try to cool it down a bit.

Frank Loran: Thank you for the help. Simple to understand and execute. 

alrightythen888: So once removed this drive should fit into your computer using standard SATA cables? Now, what if I want to use a USB 3 dock? Which one would you recommend that fully supports USB 3 (SATA 6) ?

alrightythen888: ii'd like to know too.

Aeonity0: ... I usually pull drives out of enclosures because, yes you're right, external hard drives are almost always less expensive than internal ones. Not sure why. But since this time I didn't purchase an extended warranty on the drive, I wanted to avoid opening the enclosure unless I absolutely had to (too many scratches and/or obvious tampering = voided warranty). So the drive DOES work via SATA with the slightly trimmed cable tips but its still difficult to set up, running cables outside the pc

Aeonity0: Ya, I recently bought the "GoFlex Home" (NAS) and thought I could use it over ethernet (as advertised) AND via usb (which isn't possible... only ethernet). So when I removed the base, I saw the SATA input and got really excited, until I realized that the actual SATA plugs are too deep inside the enclosure to fit a normal SATA cable into. So I (CAREFULLY) used a razor blade to cut down the thickness of the tip so it could fit deeper in the enclosure. <-This was all to avoid opening the enclosure.

LastChance: do you mean a beeping sound?

WIllyGilly321: Thanks, I purchased the drive before I knew if the enclosure had a standard interface. It was a bit difficult to open the box as it's not made to be opened, but you can install any SATA 3,5" drive, as far as I know or take out the drive an use it internally. It's amazing the high capacity (latest released) external Hard Drives are usually less $. I read the manufactures do this on purpose to test the drives endurance ability. Who knows?

Aeonity0: Yes, as far as I know, all of Seagate's GoFlex Desk/Home hard drives have a removable SATA base (dock) with either usb/firewire/ethernet. And ALMOST all 3.5" hard drives are manufactured with SATA as the standard adapter since Win Vista era. There are exceptions: I recently bought a Toshiba Canvio 1tb Portable, assumed it would contain a typical SATA 2.5" hard drive, then after taking it apart I realized that it had only a USB 3.0 adapter on the pcb (circuit board) and no SATA at all. Research!

Omkar “iverson” Kulkarni: Mine 2 

WIllyGilly321: Great video! As it would have it you showed everything except the most important thing for me.... such is life. Is the drive a standard sata interface on the end; so that you can put in any compatible size drive and use this as an external interface for multiple drives? I have a Seagate 3TB drive I hope to use along with the 2TB included. Thanks.

Johnathon K: You didn't specify the capacity, whether you are referring to 2TB, 3TB, 4TB model. However, either way, after reading many reviews from people have disassembled them in order to find out. It turns out that the drives very even within a specific capacity. So you could purchase 3, 3TB goflex drives, take them all apart and find they all have different drive medels inside with different specs.

dansu92833: You can't because it is very complicate process. However, if your hard drive is still under warranty, u can send it back to them and get replacement.
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