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Hey guys. A few weeks ago, I had a 320gb seagate freeagent GO external hard drive go bad on me. I've tried getting new drivers as well as a number of other things to try and get the data I need off of it (mainly self produced music and videos). My next step is to open it up and turn it into an internal and slave it. Now, this is my first time trying this with a seagate, I don't want to lose my data. So my question is does anyone have any sites that can show me step by step how to do this without comprimising the information on the drive? Or maybe instruct me on how to do it?
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If it is an external hard drive, and it died on you. Most likely the controller board for the enclosure died, and the drive inside is fine, just needs to be removed and put into a case.
See if there is an edge you can slip a flathead into and pry it open, just be careful and it should come apart without too much headache.
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http://forum.notebookreview.com/hardware-components-aftermarket-upgrades/301553-seagate-freeagent-go-500gb-disassembly-samsung-hd-upgrade-laptop.html

Is that similar to your drive? You should be able to just plug the bare drive into your PC and see if you can recover any data.
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If it is an external hard drive, and it died on you. Most likely the controller board for the enclosure died, and the drive inside is fine, just needs to be removed and put into a case.
See if there is an edge you can slip a flathead into and pry it open, just be careful and it should come apart without too much headache.

pretty much this. find a seam and pop it open look under the stickers for screws and good luck
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Drives are big metal things. The odds of you damaging one while prying its enclosure open is slim to nil. Just don't drop it in the process.

But if you're worried, search youtube for how to open your specific model; there's plenty of videos on there! I saw one for prying open one of my Hitachi externals. One of the first comments was a better way than the video - thanks to them both I got it open no problem. biggrin.gif That drive is now my Steam games drive.
     
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