Saturday, December 17, 2011

How to take apart your Seagate Freeagent Goflex Portable Drive (2.5")

How to take apart your Seagate Freeagent Goflex Portable Drive (2.5")?

How to disassemble Seagate Freeagent Goflex?
seagate freeagent goflex disassembly

For newer Seagate expansion portable see this post:
http://bychaw.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/what-is-inside-seagate-expansion.html

SEAGATE freeagent goflex ultra portable drive 1 TB hDD has SATA interface, WARNING : height of internal HDD is 12mm, so it wont fit in laptop as regular laptop HDD is 9mm in height.







**Warning: Your warranty on your HDD drive will be void***
Seagate drives are notorious for being difficult to disassemble.. you will almost certainly damage some clips!!!

SEAGATE freeagent goflex ultra portable drive 1 TB hDD has SATA interface, WARNING : height of internal HDD is 12mm, so it wont fit in laptop as regular laptop HDD is 9mm in height.


You can get this from Amazon by clicking on the link below:
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500100 (Black)






A video is available on youtube.



Link is here:
http://youtu.be/NBGt2PIzWPY




Here's the step by step instructions:

First you need to buy the hard drive and have the necessary tools
You can get this from Amazon by clicking on the link below:
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500100 (Black)

  • Seagate Freeagent Goflex Hard Drive
  • A few plastic cards
  • Mini Screwdriver



Remove the Goflex Connector from the drive, to expose the "Goflex" female connector which is essentially the SATA connectors.




Insert a plastic card to the seam which can be found near the SATA connectors and use the other plastic card to pry open the sides of the HDD...



Continue prying open the sides of the hdd by moving the card along the seams..




As you move the cards and prying open the case to the bottom of the case, the case is ready to be opened!
The drive can be easily removed from the remaining casing, revealing 4 rubber grommets.








Remove the rubber grommets to reveal the screws, remove those screws..



Remove the screws and the metal enclosure to get your Seagate Momentus 7200.4 HDD drive!

You can get this from Amazon by clicking on the link below:
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500100 (Black)





Common questions!
Q: Is this a normal SATA drive?
A: Yes
Q:Can I use this drive to replace the existing one in my Playstation3 / PS3?
A:Yes (Provided your PS3 is using SATA drive)
Q: Can I use this drive to replace my laptop's hard drive?
A: Yes (Provided your laptop is using SATA drive)

You can get this from Amazon by clicking on the link below:
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive STAA500100 (Black)




Hope you learn something here and enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. Hi I read through your posts on the WD Element 2.5 HDs but I was still unsure if mine are SATA. The P/N is wdbabv0010bbk-00. There is CAAAAA and Made in Thailand. I am guessing they are native usb but just want to be sure. Thanks a lot!

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  2. Hi, to tell before opening your hdd enclosure if the drive is native USB or not. you can see the length of the Hard Drive. If the lenght of the hard drive is 5" then it's SATA if the lenght of the hard drive is 4.5" then it is Native USB

    You can also refer to this post for more details
    http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-tell-if-your-external-usb-drive.html

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  3. thanks a lot for the article! would recommend others to watch the video first. better visual explanation there.

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  4. This practice will certainly void your drive’s warranty, what with all the dissembling it involves in the process. But I’m sure most of your blog readers learned something from this post, like how this drive could replace the ones in playstation 3. It can also help if your current eHDD is acting up, so you can transfer it to an enclosure to check where the problem lies. So, thanks for sharing anyway!

    Hubert Bates @ Tab Data Systems

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