A friend of mine who is a DJ dropped one of his friends external hard drives in the dark the other night while spinning at a club. Once he got home he attempted to plug his friends external USB hard drive, which is a 1TB SimpleDrive (model #96300-41001-170), into his computer but it was not being recognized. Once he tried a couple of other things he gave me a call to see if I could look at it. Without going into details about what was wrong with the hard drive itself I thought others might find it useful to have instructions including pictures about how to remove the hard drive from the SimpleDrive case. Below I describe how to remove the hard drive from a external USB 1 Terabyte SimpleDrive.
Remove The Hard Drive From A 1TB SimpleDrive Case Model #96300-41001-170:
- Remove SimpleDrive Front Cover: First you will need to pop off the front cover of the SimpleDrive case which is the end with the power/activity light opposite where the Ethernet cable and USB cable plugin to the SimpleDrive case as displayed in the example image below.
The front cover can be popped off from the side closest to the light on the right in the above example. The image below shows how the cover connects to the main part of the case with a clip and using a flat head screwdriver can be removed.
- Remove SimpleDrive Case Screws: Now using a phillips head screwdriver remove the two screws that were exposed by removing the front cover as displayed in the below image.
- Open SimpleDrive Case: With the two phillips head screws removed you can now open the case. You can accomplish opening the case by moving the top of the case away from the bottom of the case as shown in the two example images below.
Make sure to be careful sliding the case apart as it is possible to break the clips if you are rough in the process.
- Remove Drive From Case: After the case has been opened it will display the insides of the 1TB SimpleDrive external hard drive which include a control, the hard drive, and the rails that hold the drive in place as displayed below.
Remove the four screws holding the hard drive and the rails/case around the hard drive. You can see the four screws to remove located around the outside of the hard drive screwed into black plastic as shown in the example image above.
- Remove Rails From SATA Hard Drive: Once the above screws are removed you will be able to remove the SATA hard drive still attached to the controller and the rails to keep it in place. Remove the rails by removing four more screws from the sides of the SATA hard drive as shown in the below images.
With the rails and case removed the hard drive will now be fully exposed for you to use in another place or possibly troubleshoot if you had a similar issue to mine mentioned above.