Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive disassembly

Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive disassembly

For some untold reasons, a hard drive with enclosure is much cheaper than a bare hard drive. That was why I needed a bare drive but I ordered this 5TB enclosure and had decided to take out the drive as soon as it arrived.

I am never a fan of using mechanical hard drives as portable storage. Mechanical drives require steady power supply and are vulnerable to movement during the disk spinning, which is exactly not the case in a portable usage scenario. Furthermore, I do not care about the warranty. If a drive fails within the warranty, I would rather consider another model than get it refurbished or have it replaced with another one of the same model.

It turned out that it was pretty easy to take out the hard drive. One just needs to pry along the border of the black and the blue plastic. There will definitely be some scratches and damage to the plastic, but the enclosure will still be usable. After the enclosure is pried open, it is straightforward to remove the 6 screws and take out the drive.

Fig. 1.  Disassembled Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive.

I have put the hard drive into my desktop without any issues. The drive alone works just like a bare drive.


Thanks for showing the opened case. This let me see what I was up against. Seagate sure doesn't want us getting into these cases.

I bought this drive for use as an external backup for my iMac, so I didn't originally intend to open the case at all. But I heard something rattling around inside the case as I was unboxing it, and I didn't want to apply power with some (possibly metal) bit roaming freely inside. Sure enough, there was a detached screw that *should* have been holding the metal shielding in place just wandering around inside the case. I'm now using the drive with the case open for better heat dissipation.

Thanks again for the great photo.


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