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




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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?

richardwernst: Is that an actual name, spudger? Where do you get one? Thanks.

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 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.
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