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Samsung HD Box - How to change the HDD

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This tutorial will show you how to upgrade your HDD (hard disc drive) in your Sky Samsung HD box

Following on from the original post here: Samsung HD Box - Walkthrough on how to change the Hard Drive I am going to document on my adventure of changing the HDD in a Sky Samsung HD box. At the time of doing this procedure, the ST31000340AS Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 3Gb/s 1-TB Hard Drive | Seagate did not allow the box to physically come out of standby.

If anyone has tried this procedure, and then found out which HDD does not work with the Samsung HD box, please post in this thread, so as others can benefit.

However using an Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 1TB Drive, I can confirm that this does in fact work.

Step 1

Things required: Towel, Philips Screwdriver, New choice of HDD

Samsung HD Box

Step 2

Find a decent workspace and put your towel on to protect the HD box. Turn the box to the back facing you and remove the screw at A

Samsung HD Box Start

Step 3

Turn the box upside down

Undo the 6 screws marked A (red arrows)

Using two knives, gently lift the 3 tabs (blue arrows) to release the catches marked B

Gently pull the HD box away from its plastic housing

Samsung HD Box

Step 4

Once we have removed the Plastic Fascia from the HD box, we need to remove the inner metal lid

Remove the screw marked A (blue arrow) and gently slide the the circuit board towards the front of the box and then lift it off

Remove the screws marked B (blue arrows) either end of the HD box holding the metal lid in

Gently (I used a knife) lift the metal catch like retainers marked C (red arrows) - this then enables the metal lid to completely be removed revealing the insides of the HD box

Samsung HD Lid Removal

Step 5

Undo the four screws marked A (green arrows)

Disconnect the SATA cable marked B (yellow arrow - carefully)

Disconnect the HDD power cable marked C (blue arrow)

Lift the HDD caddy out of the HD box and undo the 4 screws marked D (red arrows)

Samsung HD Undo HDD

This next picture shows the HDD caddy lifted out to access the screws.

To remove the HDD you just need to unscrew the screws marked A and B (red arrows)

Samsung HD Caddy

To put the box back together, just reverse the above steps.

For further information or to view larger pictures, have a read of this thread.

Please note, that you may need to use Copy+ at some point to make sure that the HDD is formatted correctly.

Comments (7 posted):

bertiep on 14 May, 2009 23:13:22
Great guide but instead of using Knives to lift locking tabs I cut strips from an old credit card and slid them under .Less chance of damage.
avfc on 03 June, 2009 12:38:51
Does anything need doing from a software point of view, or will it just see the extra capacity available and work as normal?
d mac on 09 June, 2009 14:21:45
hi there put upgade harddrive in does not work. have i got to formmat the hard drive before i put it back
NewsreadeR on 10 June, 2009 13:26:41
You will need to use Copy+

Isaac on 27 July, 2009 18:17:09
This is great. Well done and keep it up. The only add-on will be to put the colour of the arrow in bracket i.e, if you say undo screw A (red arrow or blue arrow). Thanks for this information.
Samsumg on 26 March, 2010 09:23:27
It seem that samsung is improving day by day, keep doing the nice work
Bill on 20 April, 2010 11:50:00
Thanks for posting this walk through. I am interested in upgrading my own hard drive but the drive you have successfully used is no longer available. Could someone let me know of a current hard drive that could be used as a suitable replacement.


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