Seagate Backup Plus 4tb External Drive Disassembly

I picked up a few of Seagate Backup Plus 4tb drives at Walmart for an incredible price the other day.  My plan is to replace the 2tb drives in my fileserver so I needed to remove the case.  I first did some testing to make sure it wasn’t DOA before I started to take it apart.

It turned out to be very easy — the cover is held on with just a few clips that are easy to undo.  I managed to get it out with no damage at all.  The case is still fully usable if I choose in the future.

What is the drive inside?  Its Seagates standard ST4000DM000 consumer desktop drive.  

Check out the images below for instructions on how to remove the drive.


  • Capacity: 4TB
    • 4TB (ST4000DM000)
    • 8 heads, 4 disks
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Spindle: 5,900 RPM
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Throughput Max: 180/MBs
  • Average Data Rate: 146MB/s
  • Average Latency: 5.16ms
  • Power
    • Typical Idle Operating 5W
    • Average Operating 7.5W
  • Warranty: 2 years

Full Spec Sheet

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Great Video on Kayak Forward Stroke Technique

Saw this great video on the correct technique for the kayak forward stroke.

For obvious reasons, the forward stroke is the most important stroke to learn. But you don’t need to have good technique to get a kayak moving. But by developing good technique, you’ll be able to paddle more efficiently, more effectively, and more comfortably.

Check it out.

Allegheny River Kayak – Trip Report

This was my second overnight paddle trip – the first being the Delaware River.  Both are technically easy kayak trips but I found them to be much different from one another.

The scenery is beautiful in parts, but the majority of the trip is through populated areas with cottages, and with the cottages comes the noise, boats and seadoos.  There are parts that have the feeling of seclusion but I was disappointed with the serenity of the trip as a whole – I never really felt like I was in deep woods.

However, if you are ever in an emergency situation help is never far away. (more…)

Rainmeter Google Traffic Estimation Skin

For anyone who has wondered how to have a meter on your desktop to estimate time in traffic to a set destination, its actually very easy. I have created a demo on how to do this in the attached ZIP file. You need to fill in the configuration with a google maps API key as well as your start and end locations. It will then assign a different picture depending on how much time it will take to get home. (Configuration of the time thresholds also required.)

Example of the skin:

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Download the Source: Rainmeter Google Traffic Skin

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