Removing WD Drive from enclosure to put in Mac Pro...possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by stovetop6872, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. stovetop6872 macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    Hi, I would like to know if it's possible to disassemble both this: and this: drive to remove from the casing and put in a Mac Pro. I've seen pictures here: on how to disassemble the case, but am wondering if it will work in a Mac Pro. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    as long as theyre sata drives theyll work perfectly.

    did you already purchase these or future purchases?
    because you can find a really cheap OEM internal drive from places such as newegg and a decent external enclosure for a decent price too, that would equal less than what these drives go for.

    i guess depends on what youre going for...but yeah, if theyre sata inside then they should work, just format them to the desired formation you need.
  3. iamcheerful macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008

    Have a look at WD's site above. The table shows only 2 supported models that are "user serviceable".
    1) My Book Mirror Edition
    2) My Book Studio Edition II

    I think we can safely assume that performing such an operation on the others would void your warranty.
  4. stovetop6872 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    I've heard similar things done with this: into a MacBook Pro. This would probably void the warranty as well, so I am not too worried about this.
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Those mybook drives cases are not really designed to be opened. Though it would be possible. The first esata model likely has an internal SATA drive as for the USB model I could not say.

    Frankly just save yourself the grief and go to 500GB internal hard drives are dirt cheap as are enclosures. They would cost the same or less (depending on how fancy an enclosure you choose) and not be a hassle.
  6. stovetop6872 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    Well on the dismantling page, it says that the My Book drives are SATA. I already have them, so I would really not want to buy another 500 GB drive. Thanks for your concern though!
  7. tom. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2007
    I would also recommend buying another considering the price they are at but if you want to save the money and don't mind the void warranty, give it a shot. If its sata it will screw into one of the MP's caddys and you are away.

    Good luck!
  8. XianPalin macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2006
    I've taken apart an external drive that died, might have been WD. Most just have desktop drives in them though, but yeah.. the case and warranty are both destroyed, it was a lot of plastic breaking to get the thing out
  9. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    I've taken a WD external apart before. I put the drive in Mac Pro and it works perfectly. No issues to speak of... and the enclosure still works if I need to use it for something. All the drives in them are SATA as far as I know.
  10. stovetop6872 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    Thank you!! This is the news I was hoping to hear. I would like them to be internal because I don't need more cables and there are wayyyyy slower startup/shutdown times with the drives connected (via USB/FW). I also was going to use them for scratch drives for FCP, Adobe Design Premium CS4, and iMovie. Would this work and how so?

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