Disassembling Maxtor Basics External Hard Drive

I recently had the need to disassemble my Maxtor Basics external 640GB hard drive. I was looking for a way to find out what was on a spare hard drive and not having an external SATA dock handy, I decided to strip this external drive down. A quick Google search found this Australian site with a great guide on how to disassemble the drive although it lacks detail and pictures.

I’ve taken pictures of various points in the diassembly process and hopefully I can give a few tips along the way¬†to those looking to disassemble the drive. (more…)