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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your WD blue Hard Drive, use our service manual.

  1. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Exterior of Hard drive: step 1, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Exterior of Hard drive: step 1, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Exterior of Hard drive: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Pre-disassembly

  2. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Remove circuit board: step 2, image 1 of 2 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Remove circuit board: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Remove four screws and circuit board lifts out

  3. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Circuit board interfaces: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Motor contacts

    • Head contacts

  4. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Removing top cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Removing top cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Removing top cover: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Remove 6 perimeter screws

    • Remove screw from under sticker

    • Lift cover off

  5. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Inside details: step 5, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Inside details: step 5, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Inside details: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Inside of hard drive

    • Desiccant packet removed from lower right corner

    • Inside of cover

  6. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head details and dock removal: step 6, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head details and dock removal: step 6, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head details and dock removal: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Head in dock

    • Head on disk

    • Dock removed

  7. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head removal p1: step 7, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head removal p1: step 7, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head removal p1: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Head before bridge removed

    • Remove two screws

    • Lift bridge away

  8. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head travel limits: step 8, image 1 of 2 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head travel limits: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Stops to limit head travel

    • Red coil over magnet cause the head to rotate

  9. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head contact removal: step 9, image 1 of 2 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head contact removal: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Contact block installed

    • Remove two screws, contact block is now loose but connected to head by a ribbon cable

  10. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Disk removal p1: step 10, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Disk removal p1: step 10, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Disk removal p1: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Disk installed

    • Remove 3 screws holding down collar

    • Remove collar

  11. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Disk removal p2: step 11, image 1 of 2 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Disk removal p2: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Lift disk out of case

    • Collar after removal

  12. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head removal p2: step 12, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head removal p2: step 12, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head removal p2: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Head installed, simply lift head out of case

    • Remove head

    • Case without head

  13. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head details: step 13, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head details: step 13, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Head details: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Removed head

    • Contacts for data and head control

    • Head interface to disk

  14. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Empty case: step 14, image 1 of 2 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Empty case: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove magnet

    • Remove stop for head on disk

    • Remove head docked stop

  15. WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Components laid out: step 15, image 1 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Components laid out: step 15, image 2 of 3 WD Blue Hard Drive Teardown, Components laid out: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • All components arranged

Wieli

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Well done Wieli! Your photographs are very clear and well lighted. Should you decide to edit the guide may I suggest (1) you add what screwdriver tips you used to remove screws and (2) at step 10, highlight the three screws. The screw tips blend in with the collar.

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