From coyote hacker’s corner revelations 2
've had a very successful day and I thought it deserved a new topic.
The new LITEON SOHW 1673S is now installed in the box! Talk about hackers corner! After some careful measurements and looking at the differences I decided that the only way to get the new drive to fit, was to saw off the front of the top cover!!! Yup, saw it off. (real hacking) I found with a little cutting of the drive tray front to accommodate the slightly offset notches on the fascia, even that fitted. the front metal earth/retaining plate was re used to hold the drive in place at the front.
The rear fixings were blind, so I thought I would drill some 10 mm holes in the top case to allow me to screw it down. Unfortunately this was impossible, because the fixing points were in the wrong place. I eventually fixed the back down to the posts with some evilly strong double sided tape. The earthling springs were fitted to the back PCB and the case base was left off.
Now I suppose you are wondering why I didn’t just leave the top case off as well. LITEON drives mount the magnetic disc clamp in the top case, so I had no choice but to leave it there. The outer case fits perfectly by the way.
What fun, I thought I have about a 50/50 chance of it not being buggered up. What the hell, it’s knackered anyway, so I lose a couple of hundred quid in all. Even if I had ruined it, I think the operation would have been a success, even if the patient died. Shocked I wouldn’t have given up, I think I would have sourced another drive and tried again.
Honestly, it’s so much better than the pile of crap that was first fitted. the only downside is very minor, the drive tends to spin flat out for about a minute, then it settles down to a sensible speed as the old drive did. For me, who has always been a repairer and modifier of, well anything that is possible, this has been unbelievably satisfying and I am back in the LITEON camp well and truly! (And I managed it without dropping even one screw.)
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