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post #1 of 14 Old 08-21-2012, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Has anyone opened up a Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive (Model DRD00F2). I tried the online videos, but none appear to cover this model of Seagate drive. I just received one and would like to put in in my DS412+. Any guidance appreciated!
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That model doesn't show up on any searches so you need to provide a photo or link.

Generally these require prying off the plastic top plate, and usually you wind up breaking the snap-in tabs that hold it in place.
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Here is the link to the drive. It's also called the STBV3000100.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00834SJU8/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00
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i just opened up the usb2.0 version of the above drive, they were not designed to be recloseable after opening, this is how seagate voids your warranty even faster. 8 of them for my synology ds1812
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i just opened up the usb2.0 version of the above drive, they were not designed to be recloseable after opening, this is how seagate voids your warranty even faster. 8 of them for my synology ds1812

How did you manage to open it - do you just jam a screwdriver in one of the seams?
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How did you manage to open it - do you just jam a screwdriver in one of the seams?

the first few drives, i tried to take my time

i have a set of these i used
http://www.europeanautosource.com/product/eas-master-installer-plastic-tool-kit

being even the most careful anyone can be, the snaps inside these things will break, i think that is how seagate knows if they have been tampered with, i am pretty sure there is a tool that can open them properly, but i don't think anyone will have it.

but i imagine a screwdriver will work fine.
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A table or butter knife will do the job.
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Got it open. It was harming my butter knife, so I used a dull utility knife down all the seams.
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I used a box cutter to separate the tabs. Was able to open it, but I agree that it is pretty impossible to open without breaking at least one tab.

Pictures here: http://imgur.com/a/I8kaY
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Can I see the drive itself? I really want to know its model number.
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Most Seagates actually increase the warranty when removed from the case. Just use the S/N of the bare drive and you get a 2 year warranty instead of 1 year for one in an enclosure...
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Just cracked one of these myself (needed a 2TB for a customer and a USB3 adaptor for the workshop) — other than some scuffing on the edge of one of the enclosure halves, I was able to open it with some fair force and not have any tabs break.

The enclosure model was SRD00F2 (visually identical to the one in the Amazon link above), and the drive inside is a ST2000DM001.
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I used guitar picks to gently pry the plastic tabs apart without breaking the tabs or marking up the plastic case. Just get a stack of them, 10 or so, and keep wedging them into the seams, eventually you will be able to pull the case open and the tabs will be in tact, if you are careful.
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Most Seagates actually increase the warranty when removed from the case. Just use the S/N of the bare drive and you get a 2 year warranty instead of 1 year for one in an enclosure...
in the 8 external 3tb seagates i opened, all 8 bare drive serial numbers said oem product, contact oem where you got it from for warranty.
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