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I've got an external WD Elements 640GB drive, which I understand just to be an ordinary 2.5" form-factor HDD in a plastic case, with a SATA-to-USB adapter on the case. In fact, the part number reported to me by GSmartControl gives me the part number for a WD Scorpio drive. Is it safe to assume I can remove the drive from this case and mount it internally?

I received it second-hand (for free), and I've not really any use for a large portable drive, so I won't be losing any money on it if I screw up.
    
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If you can get the disk out of the casing without harming it, then sure - shouldn't be a problem installing it in your machine. Couple of the smaller drives I have installed in my rig used to be external hdd's. Works fine, no issues.

Not sure how the casing is on that ext hdd though? Is it put together by screws? If so, it should be easy. If the casing is sealed without screws then you'll have to break it open if so - would be gentle with it though if you were to try that.
     
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post #3 of 12
Killed my external Maxtor drive doing at once, it was a sealed unit and when I got it open the drive ended up clicking and not working
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I did it with a WD Mybook 300 GB. I damaged the case a little bit getting it apart but it still works. It wasn't made to be taken apart easily. I put a 1TB green drive inside it and use the 300 GB elsewhere now.

I actually left the plastic case off the mybook and now it is sort of like a USB hot swap bay. I can just slide in whatever hard drive I wish into the steel frame of the mybook.

It had a normal Cavair Blue 300 GB hard drive inside it. Yes you should be able to do whatever you want with the drive once you remove it.
Edited by Epitope - 7/22/11 at 5:04am
    
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yea it it will work just be carful they seem to try to make it so you cant take them apart lol my maxtor mybook was kinda a pain but works so much better now in a pc compared to weak usb 2.0.
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post #6 of 12
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The Elements' cases are sealed with some kind of epoxy. It'll take some doing, but then I won't be using the case once it's removed anyway. I'll try some light adhesive solvent (acetone, probably; applied with a cloth or eyedropper or something, as I won't want to "submerge" the drive) before I try brute force.
    
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post #7 of 12
I used a utility razor blade style knife to cut through some of the glue and tabs that held mine together. Just work slow and don't pry too hard on anything. Try to figure out exactly how it is held together and focus on those points. Avoid brute force.
    
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i've done it several times.
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Here's a youtube.

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@Epitope
I have a whole X-Acto kit, so I'm good.

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Thanks, I'll take a look at that later when my coffee kicks in.
    
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