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How to Open a WD MyBook Case

2013-04-22   Views:2

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The WD MyBook is an external hard drive that, as the name suggests, is shaped like a book. Western Digital, a company that produces both internal and external drives, makes the MyBook. The case itself houses a physical hard drive in addition to power

How to Open a WD MyBook Case

The WD MyBook is an external hard drive that, as the name suggests, is shaped like a book. Western Digital, a company that produces both internal and external drives, makes the MyBook. The case itself houses a physical hard drive in addition to power supply components and USB connection components. Some models may also include a built-in cooling fan system. Opening the case takes some level of skill and a steady hand and should only be done if you are capable of replacing the internal components.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Small Phillips screwdriverSmall flathead screwdriverCredit cards or similar hard plastic cards

Instructions

1 Disconnect the drive from its power supply. Disconnect the USB cable from the computer. Wait for the status light on the front of the drive case to turn off.

2 Turn the case around so that the back is facing you. Locate a small black sticker or painted area on the upper left of the case near the back of the case. Use the flat head screwdriver to peel off the sticker or paint to reveal a screw. If you do not see this painted area or sticker, skip to Step 6, otherwise proceed directly to Step 3.

3 Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the single screw. Locate the plastic "catch" tab on the top of the case toward the front. You can view an image of the exact location in the Resources section of this article.

4 Use the flathead screwdriver to push the "catch" tab down. Insert the tip of the screwdriver into the case slots directly over the tab and push down slightly. As you push down, gently nudge the tab to the side to get it stuck under the plastic of the casing.

5 Slowly pick up the case and locate the other "catch" tab on the bottom of the case directly below the top tab. Use the flathead screwdriver to push this tab deeper into the case. While doing this, grasp the front of the MyBook and pull forward. The front and side panels will move forward revealing the case frame and internal components.

6 Turn the MyBook upside down so that the bottom is face up. Locate two rubber nubs near the bottom front of the case. Remove the two nubs. Use the flathead screwdriver to push down one of the plastic tabs.

7 Slide the credit card into the space between the side panel of the case and the bottom panel of the case nearest to the plastic tab you pushed in. Repeat Step 6 and this step on the other tab on the other side of the bottom panel.

8 Grasp the front panel of the MyBook and pull forward. The front panel and side panels will pull away from the case frame exposing the internal components.

Tips and warnings

Do not push the "catch" tabs in too far, as this can cause them to break off.

Touch your hands to a metal surface before touching the MyBook's internal components to prevent static-electricity damage.

Opening the case may void your device's warranty.

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