Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive

02/18/2012

Tools needed:
-thin flat-head screwdriver
-Phillips screwdriver

Before you begin, be sure to unplug the external power going to the hard drive and to discharge all potential static built up on you/your clothing by touching a grounded, metal object that is not the hard drive…. seems like simple stuff, but it’s really important.

Steps:
1) Turn the hard drive over. Gently wedge the flat-head screwdriver between the hard drive enclosure’s base plate and the main body of the enclosure. Begin to slowly pry so that the side of the enclosure begins to bow outward. Continue until the base plate pops out. Keep the popped out side close to seam (so the still-attached side of the base plate doesn’t get bent). Perform the same pry technique on the other side of the base to fully remove the plate. [click on any of the photos to enlarge]

Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive

 

2) Now that the hard drive is exposed, you will notice three, small aluminum brackets on both sides of the drive. Bend those upward – this can be done by hand.

Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive

 

3) Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the four screws binding the hard drive to the enclosure. Once removed, bend the aluminum screw brackets upward.

Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive

 

4) With the exception of the power and data cables, the drive is free at this point. Carefully turn the enclosure over so that the drive slips out of the case. Gently pull the slack out the cables that are still plugged into the drive and begin wiggling the power cable out (the transparent connector with four wires).

Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive

 

5) Once the power connector is unplugged, do the same for the data cable. Do not be forceful with the ribbon cable. Through trial and error, I have broken these cables before, and they aren’t fun to try to fix. Additionally, you don’t want to end up with bent pins on the hard drive itself. If the ribbon connector doesn’t come off easily, unplug the other end from the board attached to the enclosure. Since the drive will then be free, you will have plenty of leverage to remove the cable from the drive.

Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive

 

At this point, the drive is completely free from the enclosure. Congratulations!

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Also, see my LaCie Rugged Hard Drive Disassembly post here.

17 Responses to “Disassembly of a LaCie Porsche External Hard Drive”

  1. sio said

    what kind of external enclosure can you buy for this hard drive?

  2. Fred said

    I have got a few La cie Porshe 250gb firewire. Can I replace the drives by bigger (500gb, 1tb, 2 tb?), would it be supported? What drive type is in this enclosure? ATA, SATA, PATA, IDE?

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  4. Brant Slark said

    Wonderful site. Lots of useful information here. I’m sending it to several pals ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your effort!

  5. Dennis said

    thank you for this, what is the thin cable that doesn’t seem to connect to anything for?

    • If it’s the trio of the red, green, and black cables you’re referring to, it’s just the activity light that attaches to the front of the housing. Thanks for the question… let me know if you have any more!

  6. Eli said

    Hello ! I just got as a birthday present the Lacie Porsche design 1 tb p’9223 drive. It’s a 2.5 inch unit. Any ideas how to open up this beauty ? Thanks !

    • Hi, Eli! I’ve never dealt with a drive of that design before, but I will look around to see if I can find any resources that might help you get that case open.

    • I did a search for disassembly of that drive and didn’t have any luck finding any results…sorry ’bout that. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me, though, since this post was created when I couldn’t find anyone explaining disassembly of the rugged drive. Best of luck!

  7. Anonymous said

    thank you, this help me a lot, but in my case there are not the 6 aluminum brackets.

    • Interesting… they must have changed the design a bit at some point during the production run…. glad to hear it still helped out, though. Thanks for the comment!

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