How To Shucking a Western Digital WD D30 NVME External XBox Game Drive.

Golgatha

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Got a Western Digital D30 XBox game drive recently for $50. I read Online it is shuckable for a bare, unlabeled WD Blue sn550e, and I found this to be accurate. Retail value for a Blue sn550e is around $90. Here's my quick tutorial on how to free it from it's plastic!

Remove the 4 torx screws from the side of the drive with the printing.
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Use a spudger tool at the notched portion of the base where the white plastic base attaches to pry off the black plastic piece with the print on it. Remove the 3 phillips head screws and then lift up by the green PCB to bring up the drive with it.
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There's some super sticky goo holding the drive on to the green PCB. Thankfully there aren't any components on the back of the NVME drive, so I was able to use the flat side of my spudger to break the interface. I snapped off the long, thin portion of the PCB to make it easier to get to.
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