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Maxtor external hard drive problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dragonrain, Jun 19, 2007.

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  1. JohnWill

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    I don't think I've ever opened a Maxtor brand external, but the WD and Seagate ones, as well as many generic models, are pretty easy to open.
     
  2. Dragonrain

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    OK - did you have to break the case or? Because I've been trying to open it and it won't just come apart, the only way I can think of opening it is to just break the case somehow.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    No screws, even under rubber feet?
     
  4. Dragonrain

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    Nope - there isn't any rubber feet on it, it came with a little plastic stand which I removed and looked under already. It's not held together with any screws I don't think.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Just a thought. Sometimes they hide them under stickers, too.
     
  6. Dragonrain

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    Looked there too :rolleyes:
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Some of the cases have latches where you have to bend the seam a bit and it'll come loose. It's really difficult to say without actually seeing the case. I can say that I've never had one I couldn't open. :)
     
  8. Elvandil

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    My operational theory is that if they were put together, they can be taken apart. And that people who repair these things know how to open them.

    The theory has been sorely tested a few times, but things can be opened one way or the other.
     
  9. JohnWill

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    Sometimes a hammer is required. :D
     
  10. BlueKnightNZ

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    I have just had to open a Maxtor USB HDD and thought I might give you my two cents worth. First of all, the one I am dealing with has a solid case with blue plastic bits at either end.

    I undid two screws on one of the plastic ends (one screw was under a sticker, thereby voiding any warranty).

    I then managed to lever off the blue plastic piece and after a little light downward shaking (over my lap), the insides slid out easily (onto my lap).

    I hope that helps you!
     
  11. Seismo

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    Dragonrain is right. I have the same drive - Maxtor 3200 and there are no external screws or tabs or anything. It must be just snapped together (doesn't appeared to be glued) at the factory with no way to unsnap it without destroying the housing.
    I've posted to a couple other forums trying to find out if anyone knows how to dismantle this drive...but no luck so far.
    This is the drive:
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Wolfcastle

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    Hey, just thought I'd add a little something to this thread.

    I managed to get the case open on my Maxtor 3200. On each side of the case there are six very thin slits. Inside these slits, you'll see some rectagular metal objects (Four on each side).
    These are catches that need to be moved to either end of the case. I pushed a letter opener into these slits, and used it to move the metal catches sideways. The case should come apart easily then.

    These catches are metal, so it would be extremely hard to force the case open with the old screwdriver.

    Once I got it open, I wanted to find the correct side up for the harddrive. (I have a slight obsessive compulsive thing about harddrives not being upside down.)

    Guess what I found inside...

    http://img180.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=03232_maxtor3200ext_122_251lo.jpg

    Yes, that is a Seagate Barracuda 320GB in a Maxtor external box. Just thought I'd share it.
     
  13. Seismo

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    That's awesome! And a 7200.10 Seagate at that.
    Mine's a couple years old and is only 100GB so I'm sure it's not 7200.10 and is probably an actual Maxtor drive (I can't remember when Seagate bought Maxtor).
    I'll give it a shot, though.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  14. Wolfcastle

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    Ah I didn't realise that Seagate bought out Maxtor. :eek:
    Probably a good thing in the end, Maxtor drives were always noisy in my experience. But I'm very pleased with that find though. I've always had less trouble with Seagate and WD than Maxtor.

    The drive inside the box seems to be an unmodified ATA(IDE) drive. I carefully replaced it with an old drive I had lying around (maxtor ;) ). After setting the drive to master and plugging in the USB cable, I turned on the power and it worked. Windows picked it up and I could access the data. So it seems to be a nice little ATA(IDE) to USB converter.
     
  15. Elvandil

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    Yes, those housings are pretty universal. I even use one as an external CD burner and it works fine, even though a hard drive came in it.
     
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