Hard Drive Computer Bay Form Factor Converter Nomenclature Question
JackInCT - 24-11-2017 at 17:55
I have come into possession of two used 2.5" HDs that are 'encased' in that black housing that is visible in the embedded image. The purpose of
that housing is to convert the 2.5" HD to fit into a 3.5" bay in a computer case.
I cannot remove the 2.5" HD from that converter for unknown reasons, i. e., the drive doesn't budge (not even a 'wiggle') at all when I attempt to
slide it out of the housing.
So of course I then looked for bolts that attached the HD to the housing. There is nothing alongside the sides of the HD in the way of bolts/anything
at all. On the bottom there are 3 hex bolts with recessed heads (NOT 100% sure that's the correct name for these kinds of bolts--they have a star
shaped 6 sided configuration). I have a high quality set of hex screwdrivers (again their "official" name is not on their case) but I can't get
these bolts to even begin to loosen.
A Google search indicates that this model drive comes standard with these bay converters, i. e., done by the factory not the end user. None of these
drives that show up in a Google search give any indication AT ALL why that was done in the specs.
I am puzzled to know what to do next, and I'm beginning to wonder if this type of HD was designed to begin with NOT to be removable, but that
doesn't seem to me to be "logical" to do something like that.
Does anyone know what the "official" nomenclature is for that black housing (it's certainly not "3.5" bay converter" via a Goggle search), AND
has anyone ever attempted with a similar HD setup to remove the HD, and succeeded?
Katzy - 24-11-2017 at 20:46
If you have the right screwdriver bit, can you get it to fit in something like a socket set? That's the first thing I'd try. I have a socket set
designed for that very purpose, as it 'appens. The screw, itself, is a "Torx", I believe. Those ones could well be Torx 9. Most people call it a
"Star" screw. Don't forget, there's likely to be a screw under one of the labels, too. So, make sure you remove that too.
If that's not an option, my second thought was an impact-driver. That might be a bit too much for the inner gubbins, though.
I'd simply call that a casing, myself.
scholar - 24-11-2017 at 22:19
Jack, it may be that the hardware is not designed to be removable. I've been told that some electronics is now glued together.
I hope you have success and prove that my idea does not apply here.
LSemmens - 24-11-2017 at 23:40
On the underside of that picture may well be the screws that hold the drive in place.
JackInCT - 25-11-2017 at 02:24
You got it; I had forgotten all about it, but Torx it is; from a wiki on it, "Torx, developed in 1967 by Camcar Textron, is the trademark for a type
of screw head characterized by a 6-point star-shaped pattern. A popular generic name for the drive is star, as in star screwdriver or star bits."
For those unfamiliar with this, the bolt/screw has a 6 point indentation on the head, and a torx screwdriver is used to tighten/screw it down, or
And my set is a 7 piece Torx screwdriver set (each one's point/tip is a size larger than the preceding one).
Here's where it get interesting. The indentation/recess for the star shaped screw on the underside of the HD 'casing' is NOT very sharply edged,
i. e., kind of shallow and smoothed. That likely accounts for why I can't remove any of them because the torx screwdriver can't get a good
"bite/grip" inside the recessed torx screw.
And one of the oddities is that there are only 3 torx screws on the bottom; I would think 4, or 6, would be the norm to attach the
HD. And there really is no way to tell precisely just what these torx screws function is, i. e., maybe they don't affix the HD to that black
These HDs are WD 10,000 rpm speed drives. Maybe WD's engineers though that they would generate a good deal of heat in use, and opted to ensure
longevity by attaching, permanently, a head dissipation sink since typically there isn't a fan in the HD bay area of a desktop PC (and they designed
a 2.5" form factor HD cause the heat sink + the HD had to fit in a 3.5" bay.
I think leaving well enough alone is the order of the day.
Thanks everyone for your help with this.
JackInCT - 25-11-2017 at 02:33
Did you take the pix yourself of the HD that you embedded in your post? My attempts at doing that ALWAYS result in blurry pixs (worthless pixs).
As I've noted there are ONLY 3 torx screws on the bottom of the HD, and NOT the 4 that you show in your image (and I think 4 would be the standard).
I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that my best option is to leave well enough alone, and not risk damaging the drive, i. e., learn to live with
it as is.
And I'm NOW pretty sure that Scholar's comment that the HD is most likely "glued" to the heat sink casing is spot on--probably
not literally "glued on", but affixed with non-removable screws in a number of various places. So if (and when) the HD fails, I would probably wind
up destroying the heat sink during any attempt to remove the HD so that I could reuse the heat sink.
I have an external HD with a heat sink that looks very similar to my original pix that encloses the HD, as well as a fan (underneath the HD). I
don't think fans in/near the HD bays in a desktop PC is a common feature.
Quaver - 25-11-2017 at 12:50
There seems to be 4 screws, one under a sticker:
JackInCT - 25-11-2017 at 15:46
Houston, we have Bingo. Well Thank You Very Much; Yes Indeedy!
That vid was an EXACT tutorial of what I have; and the presenter was gracious enough to give the exact size of the torx screwdriver that was needed
(the increments between each size in my set is quite tiny).
FYI: Kudos to whoever in WD marketing who thought to call that heat sink "Ice Pack"; for what it's worth, there is no fan, etc., in the heat
sink--I would guess that the marketer was in the mood for some hyperbole.
Mark this topic-PROBLEM SOLVED
LSemmens - 25-11-2017 at 22:24
Good news, Jack, and, no, I stole the piccie from Mr. Google.