Monday, September 8, 2008

Opening up your Seagate FreeAgent Go

I cracked open my Seagate FreeAgent Go recently to get to the hard disk that I wanted to stuff into my MacBook Pro. But since there did not seem to be any instructions or tips from folks who have done it ... I just took a deep breath and went ahead with the surgery.

The Seagate FreeAgent Go doesn't have any screws or the like to hold the thing together. So I simply had to pry it apart.

So here is it disassembled:


You will notice that the top cover simply clips onto the bottom cover. So to open it, note the positions of the 7 plastic clips. 3 on one side and four on the other. I started with the side with 3 clips (left side, as shown on the picture below).



Simply slide something hard (flat head screwdriver? credit card? you will destroy your credit card though) in between the top and bottom cover close to where one the clips are, hear a nasty pop/click, and work through the other two clips. Once one side is out, you can work through the other side.



Once the cover is off, the rest is easy. Just disconnect the red and black cable that controls the light. Next, take the hard disk out, along with the connector. Undo two screws below which hold the circuit board to the hard disk and then disconnect the circuit board from the serial ATA connector.

Yank off the four plastic bumpers at the side of the hard disk - they are simply glued on. Don't get the sticky parts dirty so you can stick them back. There's a screw below each of the bumpers that you will have to undo, and voila, you have your hard disk ready to be put into the notebook!

14 comments:

Jess293 said...

Thank you so much! i've been trying to open mine for months, this is exactly what i needed!

Direct said...

Thanks. Great article

Freelance said...

very well done and very easy to follow instructions. Thank you!

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Dj Promote said...

thank you soo much. you helped not to destroy the casing!!! very easy to do following your instructions.

localLOOP said...

Thanks dude, BIG help now i can use the drive in the MAC... GB the internet :])

NiteWalker said...

Thanks for posting this. I have 2 of these. Instead of taking the drive out for laptop use I took the smaller drives out that were inside (120GB) and replaced them with a seagate 320GB and a western digital 500GB. They work flawlessly.

I used a butter knife to pry the cases apart. It worked great with no damage whatsoever to the casings.

Again, thanks for the guide.

Stephen said...

I've got an even easier solution...

Simply hold the drive on your lap looking down on the thin edge. Squeeze the front and back together at each edge and you should pop the side without having the damage the enclosure by prying at the plastic.

I never would have stumbled across this had I not read the original post.

Thanks much!

dominicc said...

thanks!

Aaron said...

Does this void the warranty? (I'm assuming yes)

reelsolutions said...

If any of you have a spare enclosure i am in need of a couple
of them. I can order them but they
want 20% of the cost for the plastic!
So if anyone has a spare or let me know what you want for it.
Thank you. Ron
reelsolutions at gmail dot com

ddd said...

what about the new freeagent go?i have a new 320GB white/silver one that is real small

alheim said...

Amazing how tightly these halves fit together. It can take a lot of pressure just to snap them back together! Thanks for the pictures.

kari said...

You want to shell out some creds for a new drive to replace my old one :)

Nick said...

thanks! this help me decide not to try to crush the plastic with pliers of some sort. came apart pretty easily after glancing at your pictures.