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That aside, keep the CD in the drive and start your computer. To read more check wd500d032-000 manpage using: I did the latter, given I had nothing to lose. Well Sigg3, you are correct.

Taking off westrrn metal perforated grill reveals 3 tabs on the bottom these were covered up plus the readily apparent 3 tabs on the top. Then the rest of the steps are essentially the same unscrew everything so you can get the drive out. Thanks for the photos. The strangest thing happened…. He is a lifelong computer geek and loves everything related to cigital, software, and new technology.


I did this slowly but it worked fine. I am going to now try it in my internal hard drive spot.

Then try to slide out the hard drive. Took two weeks of consecutive imaging on a 60GB disk that sounded like a thunderstorm.

I have tried the same procedure for other variants of the same series and it seems to work every time. Looking around the net seemed to confirm my suspicion.

How do I assign a drive letter to this thing so I can get my data? Most of the other guides confused me more than help, since I got one of the earlier models that differed from them.

Western Digital 500gb Premium Edition External Hard Drive Wd5000d032-000

I just opened up my computer case to see what cables were running from the motherboard to my primary drive. So for me this was a success story. Yes they do suck. I am interested in one or two and would like to know which type of HDD it is inside it before buying. When done start prying the case open carefully. I also shot a snap of the Western Digital GB Premium Edition motherboard so to speak, for those who take an interest in that kind of stuff.

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Hi Sigg, I followed your instructions thank you to remove the chassis. Placement of plastic hinges.

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I used this one: It is closest to this one: YES you can use it as a internal drive. The blue light dgital on and stayed on. Go to the dir where you downloaded the tarball.

Hope that clarifies the case. I, too, had to destroy the WD enclosure to get the drive out. Will your pictorial apply as well. If you have opened them of course. Just plug the harddrive in the PC and transfer your data directly to a new disk. These cheaper ones must be handled with a dugital more care safe remove and power down manually when disconnected.