How to Remove an External Hard Drive From its Case

by braniac

Do you need to change out the hard drive in an external hard drive case? I will teach you how to do so.

Step 1

Depending on the style of external hard drive you have will depend on the steps you have use. Turn off the external hard drive.

Step 2

Unplug all plugs leading to the external hard drive.

Step 3

Unscrew all screws on outer casing or pull plastic moldings off of the case. (I personally have had both types.)

Step 4

Open up the external hard drive case and locate all plugs inside leading from case to hard drive.

Step 5

Unscrew any screws in the bottom of the hard drive.

Step 6

Once the hard drive is unscrewed from the bottom plate, unplug the power plug and the ribbon cable.

To put a new hard drive into the case, simply follow the instructions from last to first.


  • Always make sure there is no power and that your external hard drive is NOT plugged in to avoid shock hazard.

Items you will need

  • Screw driver (Phillips or flat head depending on screws)

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