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Seagate Expansion External Drive Disassembly

Thanks muchly for your post. Your comment "you will break off several, if not all, of the tabs" made the task much simpler :-) Many thanks. I didn't realize it was a SATA drive until I pulled it apart. I was working on a friend's old computer and thought I'd back up his hard drive 1st and this external drive I was using looked like it would work. Nope. However I do have a bunch of SATA drives around, so with your help I now have an easy way to work with them. Thanks again. ... Michael

Michael Halladay
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:23:02 +0000

Interesting. I just put in a Western Digital 1.5tb into the device and Windows 7 gave a pop-up saying it recognized a 'Seagate' device, but it doesn't show up anywhere.

Michael Halladay
Sun, 03 Oct 2010 14:44:05 +0000

You probably have to prepare it using Disk Management:

Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Create and format hard disk partitions

It should show up there. Then you can delete it, repartition it, and reformat it.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 05:26:06 +0000

Just got it working. Went to Administrator (heck if I know why Windows 7 doesn't allow me to everything under my own (admin) id), selected msconfig, then tools, then launch computer management. From disk management there, I could format it. Using my own id (which has Admin privs) no way could I get to disk management - weird. Anyway, going to Device Management, it still thinks it's a Seagate drive. Interesting, eh? (By the way I don't have a Systems and Maintenance icon - only the usual SYSTEM one. I'll see from what I've learned if I can create one. Thanks muchly for your help.

Michael Halladay
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 16:35:08 +0000

My model ST315005EXA101-RK , the usb PCB port is beoken and i have throw it away.Is there any aftermarket enclosure compatible with this hard disk? I have searched the biggest IT store in my area and it is not avail. Please help.

Rowdy Rahz
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:29:16 +0400

Any 3.5-inch SATA enclosure will work. However, I prefer docks so that you can swap hard drives in and out . . . like one of these: Plugable USB 3.0/2.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station (LucidPort chipset)

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:48:48 +0400

That is for desktop what i want is be portable as i always carry it around..

Rowdy Rahz
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 23:19:58 +0400

Please provide with a video tutorial on "How to disassemble Seagate Expansion Desk". If you are having any link on how to disassemble, please provide...Thanks!!

Aditya Shah
Sat, 12 May 2012 17:04:48 +0400

Don't even think to use a screwdriver! ! !
Do use a thin flat knive to pull the tabs apart, I have done this in one minute without breaking anything or marring the look of the case. Difficulty: eazy
I used a thin pocket knife, you do need a sharp edge to wedge it neatly.

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:32:00 +0300

The drive inside my seagate expansion croaked so i opened it up and replaced it with a 2TB WD caviar green
On windows 7 went to disk managment and created a simple volume partition now its working perfect thanks to this forum!!

Andres Lindo
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:37:21 +0300

Hi, thanks for the manual. I could replace the original 500GB with a 2TB HD. Works without problems on my Mac. Cheers, J

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:39:51 +0300

Thanks for the info, just going to pull my duff drive from the case.
Will replace with a larger one.

Dave Brown
Wed, 08 May 2019 09:36:04 -0700

Got an old 500gb drive - thanks to your site its now rocking a 2TB drive

Wed, 29 Apr 2020 08:15:10 -0700

I tried a 4 TB drive and it only recognizes 2TB (actually 1.8TB). I am guessing there is a firmware issue on the PCB.

Joe Smith
Sun, 20 Dec 2020 10:25:04 -0800

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