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Anyone know how to open the box for this Toshiba ext HDD?

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I want to swap the drive out, but don't want to damage the box. I can't find any screws, tabs, whatever. It's Toshiba model PH3100U-1EXB .

Toshiba's Tech Support says it's not their model, only Toshiba "re-branded." They gave me another number to call for this model. But it's only customer service for RMAs and the like, not tech-support.

Thanks

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No little rubber feet on it? Usually the screws are behind the pieces of rubber or under stickers if not directly visible.
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If there are no screws hidden under a sticker or rubber foot, I am willing to bet that it snaps together like an iPod. Find something like a paint scraper and work it into one corner edge. If you can slide it around that might be your ticket, just make sure that there really are no screws or you may snap something.

Just go slow to make sure you don't break anything.
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Quote from sonic2120 View Post :
No little rubber feet on it? Usually the screws are behind the pieces of rubber or under stickers if not directly visible.

No... no entry points to be seen or hidden. thanks tho. There are VERY small slits on the bottom for ventilation. I was hoping some release tabs were in some of the slits.
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Quote from Somesort View Post :
If there are no screws hidden under a sticker or rubber foot, I am willing to bet that it snaps together like an iPod. Find something like a paint scraper and work it into one corner edge. If you can slide it around that might be your ticket, just make sure that there really are no screws or you may snap something.

Just go slow to make sure you don't break anything.
This was my next try. I have tried to open it by pulling the panels apart quite hard all the way around. One edge was a little weaker than the others and gave some, but I was afraid to break it so I didn't continue. Thanks.
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Yup, snaps all the way around. If you start in the front of the unit (set the connection side down so the front is facing up), you can pry it apart. There are 2 places on each side where it latches together.

Use a nylon/platic probe if you don't want to gouge the hell out of it - I always keep about 10 of these handy: http://www.stanleysupplyservices....px?id=9752
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A Google for "open Toshiba hard" returned this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BluMCbYKK_g

A thin, dull, smooth dinner knife can be your friend when it comes to opening enclosures.
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Thanks to all for the help, especially the youtube video. It works!

I popped the case open with a knife and made the 1TB HDD externalHDD-to-desktopHTPC switch. I also put a previously idle dust collector 250 GB SATA laptop drive inside the Toshiba external box. Both setups work great.

FWIW: There are eight tabs inside the external Toshiba box, six are broken now. But it still snaps together tightly, and looks as good as new.

Thanks again!
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