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 Post subject: Seagate ST4000LM024 - tools needed for head swap
PostPosted: November 8th, 2018, 10:06 
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I just swapped heads on one of these for the first time, some info on what you need as I wasn't expecting to use such a mixed set of tools:

To remove the top cover you need:

- Red circle: P6
- Blue circle: T6
- Yellow circle: T8

Once you're in, the head connector is T5. You also need the PCB off which is also T5.

To get the heads off the ramp you need to get the head stop out, it's screwed in underneath with a P6. As you remove the head stop the bottom magnet wants to pull it in, so it needs a firm grip on the pliers.

The get the bottom head screw out it's T8, and it's tighter than any head screw I've come across.


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 Post subject: Re: Seagate ST4000LM024 - tools needed for head swap
PostPosted: November 8th, 2018, 11:11 
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The problem is that head replacement requires some more tools... mostly software and skills than just screwdrivers.


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 Post subject: Re: Seagate ST4000LM024 - tools needed for head swap
PostPosted: November 8th, 2018, 11:14 
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The article is not intended for DIY attempts, it for us who do this for a living to know what you need up front to save a few minutes of our time.

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 Post subject: Re: Seagate ST4000LM024 - tools needed for head swap
PostPosted: November 8th, 2018, 12:23 
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Yeah, lots of different screws. Similar to WD Slim (Blade) family, very annoying.

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 Post subject: Re: Seagate ST4000LM024 - tools needed for head swap
PostPosted: November 8th, 2018, 14:42 
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Did two today, nice head tool from HDD surgery makes it easier to remove the heads than home made tools :-)

I also leave the magnet screw in over where you unscrew the magnet from underneath with the P6, makes it easier removing the magnet with the brake in place.

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 Post subject: Re: Seagate ST4000LM024 - tools needed for head swap
PostPosted: November 8th, 2018, 23:50 
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Masterclass wrote:
The problem is that head replacement requires some more tools... mostly software and skills than just screwdrivers.


Hi Expert ,
Do You have a idea how expert Nick_CT is ? . From His First Post Did You Even Get 1% Sense That He is Referring To " US ALL " Not Newbie DIY Guys . Believe Me He Has All Three Brain , Skills And Tools

@ Nick_CT ,
Thanks For This Info Nick ,I Have Never Swapped These But I Will Remember It ,BTW Spyglass Also Is a Beast ,I am Working On Few Of Those These Days

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