How to replace the internal hard-drive in an Imation Apollo 500GB 2.5″ portable hard-drive

by vivin

The hard-drive has four screws around the outside. You can kinda see them in the picture on the previous page. You have to remove these screws first. I used a Phillips #0 screw-driver to remove the screws:

Screw on the Imation Apollo HD

Screw on the Imation Apollo HD

Unscrewing

Unscrewing

Now comes the hard part. After removing the screws, it’s not immediately obvious how to open up the case. I tried to pull the top and bottom apart, but it’s hard to get a good grip because the enclosure is so small. I eventually figured it out by taking a Phillips 2.4mm and wedging it between the chrome and the black plastic right above the USB port. Then I pushed into the enclosure and upwards. Trust me, this is not easy. The screwdriver will probably slip a few times. What you’re trying to do is to insert the edge of the screw driver into a little hole that’s behind the USB logo (it’s actually behind the middle of the logo). Make sure that you don’t push down too hard because you might damage the hard-drive controller. Once you’re able to hook into the hole, you should be able to push the top part of the enclosure up. It took me a few tries before I got it right; you can see it from the numerous scratches that I have on the plastic:

Wedge the screwdriver between the black plastic and the chrome

Wedge the screwdriver between the black plastic and the chrome

You want to hook the end of the screwdriver into a little hole that's behind the USB logo

You want to hook the end of the screwdriver into a little hole that's behind the USB logo

Once you remove the plastic cover, you’ll be able to see the 2.5″ drive that’s inside the case. The rest of the disassembly is pretty easy.

Enclosure with top cover off

Enclosure with top cover off

Close-up of the internal drive

Close-up of the internal drive

The drive has some sort of sticky “tape” on it. Maybe it’s there to hold it down. It comes off pretty easily. I’m hoping it’s not that important because I kinda lost three of them. :p