Opening WD Mybook Case

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by seabass069, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. seabass069 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2005
    Has anyone figured out how to open the newer WD Mybook cases. I picked one up at Best Buy. I paid $130 for a 500 GB. I want to put that drive in my Mac, then put a smaller drive in the Mybook. The case appears solid. I Googled on how to open the case, they are referring to an older Mybook that has a screw that you take open and then pop open the case. The new cases do not appear to have that screw. Any ideas?
  2. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I was thinking of the same thing 2 days ago, i wanted to add the 320GB one to my MacPro for movies and such.
  3. showtime macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2007
  4. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    just a reminder, if you pry it open and that HDD dies in your computer, WD will void your warranty because you opened it out of its enclosure.
  5. seabass069 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2005
    I think WD changed this style. I scrapped down and do not see a screw. All the indentations look the same. Every post and picture of how to do this shows a painted sticker that you scrap off. This one, model: WD50001032-001 does not seem to have screw. However, in that same corner it seems that a screw of some kind is holding the thing together. I will keep scrapping away to see if I can see a screw.
  6. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    I actually had to figure this out for myself recently, and i got it switched out, but now I refer to it as my Fugly external, cuz it don't go back together nice.

    I'll describe this as if i'm taking a book apart as that seems the easiest analogy. The first step was to remove the stiff rubber from what would be the part near the "spine" of the book. I then put a small screwdriver between the "cover" and the "pages" and worked it around popping apart little plastic fasteners that run the entire length of the drive. if you've ever opened an ipod it is similar.

    Once you've got the two parts popped apart, then you can pull the "cover" off the pages by sliding the "pages" directly away from the "spine." At this point you should be looking at the guts attached to the "pages" frame, and the cover can be set aside. Now, getting the drive out will involve popping off the sata and power connectors, and then you'll have to grab a screw driver and start dismantling the internals.

    Once you get the old drive out just reverse the process. It won't look pretty at the end, these things aren't designed to be opened up, but it will work just fine.

    however, you follow the above instructions at your own risk. :cool:

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