View Full Version : Broken USB drive

03-12-2010, 02:18 PM
Anyone managed to open a Seagate ext drive as per pic? Got one here with broken off USB socket. Don't know whether it is fixable but I can't get the damn thing apart! No screws - looked under rubber feet pads. Just can't seem to spring the plastic away from the metal sides.

Thought of an axe, but maybe someone has managed this feat!

03-12-2010, 02:30 PM
Tried some new google words and have found something. Looks like breaking all the plastic lid clips is highly likely before getting the damn thing off!!

03-12-2010, 03:23 PM
even if it's not repairable and you do break it in the process you should still be able to extract the drive and mount it internally in a pc.

03-12-2010, 03:59 PM
Sometimes you need to press latches in with a screwdriver etc.

Screws also like to hide under labels too

03-12-2010, 07:30 PM
Similar to this?
http://www.gearhack.com/myink/ViewPage.php?file=docs/Seagate%20Expansion%20External%20Drive%20Disassemb ly
or this?
The first link is probably closest.

03-12-2010, 10:07 PM
Got it off and even had a few clips unbroken! However, mini USB socket was completely broken off!

Then looked at WD Elements with angled USB socket. It is crook, too. Big saga behind this one - take too long to tell. Briefly, it nearly killed my main machine but thankful my PSU shutdown and recovered itself later. Whew.

03-12-2010, 10:59 PM
And that's why I don't like tiny little surface-mount things.

A proper serial port with screws would have pulled your computer onto the floor before the port broke off. :lol:

Anyway, if the PCB isn't damaged, you could probably resolder the port. If not, just get a new case...

The Error Guy
03-12-2010, 11:05 PM
Funny that, i'm just fixing one for a mate, same thing happened too, USB port fell off it. He broke the back clip getting it out though. I'm going to try to solder a new port on and if that fails then a new case with eSATA and USB 2 support will replace the original.

04-12-2010, 12:07 AM
SMT is fine for internal stuff, but for jacks and other things that come under mechanical strain it's a bloody stupid idea.

Of course they probably do it on purpose so it'll break and you'll have to buy a new one!