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Disassembling an external LaCie harddrive

Here are some pictures of disassembling my external “LaCie Porsche Hard Drive” which contained a broken Maxtor disk:

Lacie 1 Lacie 2 Lacie 3

26 Responses to “Disassembling an external LaCie harddrive”

  1. Joora Says:

    Is this enclosure made of plastic or alu?

  2. tom Says:

    it’s aluminum

  3. Rico Says:

    No it’s not!!!
    only the bottom plate is made of alu!
    the rest of it is plastic :(

    (i’ve disambled it also because my maxtor died
    that’s why i don’t use maxtor but WD)
    nothing happend to the disk just running back up and sudently BOOM (HDD died)

    (sorry for the bad english i’m from the netherlands)

  4. Joe Says:

    I dropped mine and now its not working.

    How did you get it open?

  5. Silicium Says:

    Use a Flat Plastic to remove the plate.

  6. LaCie F.A. Porsche edition 500GB disassembled « Tech. Says:

    […] One of the problems was to open the box. As I read on the comments on this site, thin plastic should be used. That’s the way indeed, but still it took me a long time without damaging the box. Turn your box upside down, take your VISA and stick it between the alu bottom plate and the plastic case. Try to feel where the clips are; however: these are not symmetric at both sides. On the long sides there are 4 clips and on the small side where the power adaptor should go, another clip can be found. This clip can be used to put some tension on the plate (using a screw driver) when one side has been released. […]

  7. Alex Says:

    I lost mine on the ground and now it make the weirdest sound, like a humming or 50Hz. Can the CD inside crack? Or could it be something wrong with the power?

  8. Maurice Says:

    Thanks for this tip. I used a thin kitchen knife and a bit of leverage, then one side of the bottom plate popped out.

  9. tim Says:

    Thanks a bunch guys. I used two hotel keys (thin plastic cards) and one small screw driver. No scratches at all :) Just for the record my drive just crashed, no warning, no bad block just crashed. I will be replacing this drive with a Seagate.

    tim

  10. mikba Says:

    I used a plastic knife.

    at the front edge inserted the knife, rotated so that the spine of the knife force the case open and popped the base off, repeated on all four corners.

    no scratches; :30 seconds.

    :)

  11. dougfal Says:

    Careful to replace the plastic strips under the metal tangs where the screws go. For some reason, mine would not spin up after the bottom cover was replaced without these in place, even if it did just before that!

  12. Henke Says:

    thanks guys for the advise… I also had a defective Maxtor HDD in my LaCie.
    \Question, can you replace a ATA133 HDD with a faster SATA one?

    Cheers

  13. Fredrik Says:

    Thanks for the pictures! It helped me get the grip of how it was mounted together.

    Mine is a “P3″ 250 GB, and turned out to be a Samsung harddrive named SP2514N.

  14. Fredrik Says:

    And also, the drive did’nt crash, I just needed an IDE-disk :P
    Henke: You won’t be able to install a SATA disk in the LaCie external drive if your current disk is an ATA/IDE. All the Porche disks are IDE I think.. :-)

  15. Zelium Says:

    I had a hard time to open the enclosure. Thanks for the tip guys. BTW, mine is a 500GB LaCie Porsche and the hard drive is SATA type. Not all the Porsche disks are IDE.

  16. Danny Says:

    I have a 75GB WD IDE and replace it with a 120GB WD IDE. Does anyone know if there is a drive size limitaion?

  17. tuoms Says:

    hi,

    I tried to replace my lacie’s 160gb disk with 300gb, but it doesn’t get detected. It spins up, but activity led is just on, and no other effect.

    seems like a controller issue

  18. Paul Says:

    I posted instructions for doing the same thing to the “LaCie Little Disk, Design by
    Sam Hecht” here:
    http://thefire.us/archives/172

  19. fishbrain Says:

    Does anyone have instructions on how to open a LaCie Poulson design? The black brick refuses to open. I tried searching for hours and I cannot find anything on the net. I specially need pics. The little blue light has already gone inside the enclosure by mistake.

    Thanks in advance!

  20. Alexis Says:

    HEy guys,
    My Lacie porsche design crashed severly : I can hear the heads going back and forth without reading anything and going back in its “off”mode… then doing this over and over. Might be a magnetig problem. The weurdest thing is that it broke down while working, so it cannot be because of an electric choc or smthing like that. Anyway, thanks to these explanations I took off the disc from its lacie porsche enclosure : It’s a Samsung spinpoint 500Go model HD501LJ. Samsung is shit. The Hard Drive is SATA type (cool), gonne replace it by a 1Go… but I still lost all my datas. Fucking failing material.

    Just one thing : Samsung are shit, ok; maxtor are breaking down all the time, seagates Freezes… what kind of hard drives are really cool to use ? thx for the help.

  21. jr! Says:

    I have the 500gb one with a Seagate IDE drive in it. The hard drive works but it takes FOREVER to boot up. Is the power switch broken? I can’t seem to find a disk utility package that will run diagnostics on an external USB drive.

  22. danny Says:

    Hey im GLAD!! i came across this site. I have a Lacie 500g Porsche ex-hardrive. the weirdest tjing happened i took it out of the box in which it was in for 1 year, plugged it in and my pc reconized it. the next morning it didnt? for 3 days now i have no external drive. I tried on my i-mac and it never caught it? light comes on, u can hear the drive spinning, light turns yellow and thats it? can anybody help? thanks

  23. Jike Says:

    Opened my Lacie, it tries to spin up but fails after 5 sec with the sound of disconnected power supply.

    It was a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 Gbytes.

    ST3500830AS

  24. LaCie Little Disk Hard Drive – 250GB – USB – External – Black Problems Says:

    […] Does anyone have instructions on how to open a LaCie Poulson design? The black brick refuses to open. I tried searching for hours and I cannot find anything on the net. I specially need pics. The little blue light has already gone inside the … I have the 500gb one with a Seagate IDE drive in it. The hard drive works but it takes FOREVER to boot up. Is the power switch broken? I can’t seem to find a disk utility package that will run diagnostics on an external USB drive. …Read more… […]

  25. open it Says:

    use old credit cards and slide them with (a little) force into every slit

  26. Pitix Says:

    Mikba hit the nail in the head. A plastic knife makes it incredibly easy, no force required, just turn the knife. A lot easier than with a credit card.

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