10TB WD Elements Drive Removal – Without Breaking The Enclosure!


How in the heck am I going to get this ten-terabyte
hard drive out of its enclosure so that I can use it in my computer? Welcome to The Hippie Geeks. If you enjoy this video, be sure to subscribe
and hit the bell notification icon to catch all our new content! After two and a half years making Youtube
videos and keeping everything, I have finally filled up my three-terabyte storage drive
and need to replace it. I settled on buying a Western Digital ten-terabyte
external drive, but as I don�t want to deal with having to plug it in or the transfer
speeds, I want to pull it out of the enclosure and put it into my computer directly. The first thing to do is get the drive out
of the box. It comes with the enclosure, a power cable
and a USB cable. I set the cables aside as I won�t need them
and moved on to pulling the drive out. There are several ways to do this, but if
you want to be able to return the drive in case of a failure, you will need to do it
this way as it will not damage the enclosure. To open the case up grab four plastic cards,
like a debit card, or cut a single older one into four pieces and you can use that. On the back side of the hard drive enclosure
carefully slide the cards in between the rear and side panels, in these four spots. Once you have those cards in place, set the
enclosure on its top or bottom and grab a screwdriver or knife. You want to slide the tip of your tool in
between the curved casing and the front slat on the bottom which will bring it forward
and let you slide the case of the enclosure completely off, exposing the hard drive itself. Now that the drive is exposed, it is time
to finish the removal. Unscrew the adapter board from the drive,
then hold the drive like this and push against the top with your thumbs, sliding the drive
out of the casing. Don�t drop the drive! Unplug the adapter board from the drive, remove
the adapter board mount and your drive is now ready to use in a computer. Well, we are not quite there yet. You see, Western Digital had enabled the 3.3v
pin on these drives, and depending on your power supply the drive may go into an endless
boot loop when it detects that voltage. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Set the drive down, with the PCB facing up
towards you. Looking at the SATA power connector, the pin
we are concerned about is the third one up from the bottom, located here. We are going to cover it up with a slice of
electrical tape. Luckily for us the first two pins are not
necessary, so you can cover them as well, which makes this a lot easier to do. You can see that with my piece of tape, I
ended up covering pins two and three and part of pin one. Check to make sure that you can still get
the power connector onto the drive, and now you are finally good to go. If this is your first time here on The Hippie
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