Original post by: John G ,
This is basically similar to the above comment with the help of vice grips. In my case I wanted to open it to destroy the hard drive so my data couldn't be recovered. But if you're doing it to replace the drive you may be able to preserve the case if you do it carefully. I don't think they designed it to do that. I'd probably take it to a computer repair shop if you're going to replace the drive but you could try. I used a vice grips. Open the vice grip all the way and clamp down on the front plastic end - the side without the plug connections. With the vice grips you can gradually pull the plastic end off. You have to pull really hard moving it back and forth but it will come off. I tried the screw driver method but it wasn't working. Then I think the side plastic pieces can slide off but in my case I just broke them off so you'll have to figure out the best way to do that. You may have to pull the back off first using the vice grips again but you'll have to be real careful. Once the plastic sides are off there's 2 screws on each side holding the drive. Once those are off you can slide the drive out. If you're doing it to destroy the hard drive it's pretty easy. To get to the disk inside the hard drive you need to remove all the screws. There's usually one or more hiding under the label. Then once the cover is off you need a Torx screw driver to undo the screws on the cylinder holding the disk. Take out the disk then sand with sandpaper, bang with hammer, bend with vice grips etc. Google for best ways to destroy hard drive.