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Amstrad HD Box - How to change the Hard Drive

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This guide will show you how to upgrade the Hard Drive in your Amstrad HD Box

This guide will show you how to upgrade the Hard Drive in your Amstrad HD Box

If you wish to upgrade the Thomson HD Box, please use this guide. How to upgrade the Hard Drive in your Thomson HD Box.

If you wish to upgrade the Pace HD Box, please use this guide. How to upgrade the Hard Drive in your Pace HD Box

If you wish to upgrade the Samsung HD Box, please use this guide. How to upgrade the Hard Drive in your Samsung HD Box.

This is one of the newer HD boxes from Sky and Glenn has now successfully managed to upgrade the original Hard Drive

Below are all the steps that he took, documented for everyone to see, to get to the end result.

Following these steps will invalidate your warranty

We have chosen to go with the same Hitachi HDD as used in the Samsung which is the Hitachi DeskStar 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache

Step 1

You will need a medium Philips screwdriver, 2 non pointy knifes, new HDD, flat firm service with something soft to place box on (so not to scratch/scuff box) and no kids or distractions.

HD Box start

Step 2

With screwdriver remove one screw from rear of box as indicated.

Remove Screw from rear

Step 3

Turn the box upside down

Remove the 6 screws as indicated.

Remove the 6 screws

Step 4

Using the two knives, gently lift the 3 tabs to release the catches (gently as these can break) and gently slide back and lift the metal box from the plastic casing (will be awkward so patience is neded).

Gently lift the tabs

Step 5

Now removed, remove the 4 screws from the small circuit board on top.

HD Box

Step 6

Turn box on its side and with a knife gently pry the top loose as shown, you will need to do this with both sides then just lift and slide to wards you.

Loosen the lid

Step 7

Remove the 6 screws holding the hard drive in place (there is no caddy).

Remove screws from hard drive


Remove screws from hard drive

Step 8

Once removed give the fans a little hoover out if dusty, follow the Instructions for using Copy+ and put new HDD back in then closing up is just the reverse of taking it apart.

HD Box

For further help or to ask any questions, feel free to see this thread.

 

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