Thursday, October 25, 2012

How to open Lacie external drive (Design Sam Hecht)

I have a Lacie external hard drive that stopped working recently. When I plugged it in it couldn't mount. I suspected the cable that you could pull out got damaged.

How to open it.

Take thin and flat knife. Slide the knife into the case just above the sign Design Sam Hecht.

There are two plastic tabs, one above the Sam Hecht sign and another on the opposite side, that are glued in place and you have brake these bonds with a knife but try not to damage the drive in the interior of the casing.

Pull out the interior of the casing.

Take the screws out and release the SATA 2.5 inches hard drive that you can put in another casing or in
your laptop.

As you can see on the photo the internal cable was damaged but the drive itself was ok.


  1. thanks for the tips milos - any idea how to replace the cable and which pin you need? i was looking to buy a pin to usb connection possibly!

  2. Found this very helpful. Thanks a lot

  3. thanks a lot. the red wire was cut. What a stupid design.

  4. Hi All,
    Does any one know where I can get another cable from?

    1. Hi,
      one year later but I'm also looking for a new one, did you find one?

  5. Hi All,
    I have similar problem! I need a new cable, any idea where I can get one?

    1. Did you figure it out? I'm in the same pickle :-)

  6. I dare not open it but i think might be the same case, have any of you find the replacement cable?
    Many thanks!