Goodday guys:)!.I am facing a problem with the WD MyBook World Edition (500GB).When trying to set up an ftp server in it following the steps that were shown on this site my disc became a brick!. At the last step (when trying to get sshd permanent) after rebooting, my disc became a «brick»!!!.It kicks off but the blue light does not show up and i dont have access to it. So my last chance to retrieve the data i had in it is to pull out of the box the HDD and backup my data. The problem is that i dont know how to open the box!.I have seen some fotos of the MyBook that was opened but i cant find anywhere on the net a guide of how i could open that box. Can you show me how to open the box please?.
You open the MBWE by first getting rid of the rubber. I personally have not been able to get it back but I am sure it is possible. Then fing something strong and thin. I used a blunt knife but I am sure a screw driver will do as well. The secret is that there are 2 small clips, one on the tip and one on the bottom, in the morse code style openings. You have to press on of the clips and pull the cover back. Then repeat on the other side. Ones in you'll find you hard drive on one side with a SATA cable in the bottom and a cover with 4 screws on the otherside of the book. Remove the SATA cable carefully. Take those out. Then, remove the top screw (not sure about if its the top one) in the LED's. The drive should then come loose. You can take it out of it's caddy if you need to.
Connect it to a linux machine and use the rescue procedure to restore it after you backup your data to something else.
Please Note: I am writing this in a internet cafe and my memory could be off. If anyone spots an error please correct me :-)
The trick for getting the rubber on is to attach it before reassembling (ie. just sliding the cover back on).
Thanks for that :-) I got it on! No more vibration noise!! Woohoo!
You do not need to remove the rubber strip to take the MBWE apart. The only thing holding the case together is the two clips. I can take mine apart in 20 seconds using the cap from a bic pen. Once you get it the first time, it will be easy from then on.
If you do take the rubber strip off, put it back on before attempting to reassemble the case.
would you be willing to explain a bit more? I still haven't managed to get anything opened. What part should move? Should the glowing button be facing up or the port side?
To extend the book analogy:
The glowing button is on the spine of the book and the ports are on the pages.
Grab the spine and pull it away from the pages of the book
At either end of the spine there is a 'button' inside the pages. press these buttons to release the pages from the spine. Once you have done it once, the 'cover' should easily come off on subsequent tries.
This description gets more and more cultural .. ;)
thanks for your reply and the analogy ;)
Figured out the theory, also with the help from the excellent new PDF instruction - but just couldn't pry it open. Accidentally got it open now, ashamed to tell you how!
The easiest way to pry it open is to press on one side's tab and grab the mybook's outter shell (the u around the holes with the WD logo on it) towards the side your depressing the tab and pull outwards to separate a little.
Then do the same for the other side.
Once both tabs are not snapped in their grooves the whole shell glides out fairly easily.
No need to remove the rubber.
Do not follow Dexter1979's instructions. The rubber is both a pain to get on and off and you will most likely blemish your enclosure's shell while prying with a screw driver.
I used some cord, put it through 4 holes and attached it to a fixed support so I had the outer shell fixed. It was easy after that. I just pulled and voila.
Eureka! Finally got the case open on WD MyBook II
Instructions on WD site @ http://www.wdc.com/en/library/usb/2779-701026.pdf (on page 19, chapter 7) are not exactly correct. You have to work some tabs on the case before you can (gently) pry the case apart. You need to gently pry around the tabs.
Looks like there is a small Sunon Maglev (KDE1205PFVX) 50x50x10mm fan (rated 12v, 2W, 6100rpm, 35dba, 15.2cfm). No wonder this sounds like a jet engine!
Also, the opening for the fan to push air into the drive cage is small 40mm x 15mm (approximate), so most of the fan is pushing air against the sheet metal.
Wondering is there is a quieter fan to replace this little monster. Might also work better by placing at the bottom to push air straight up thru the middle of the case directly thru the fans?