Soldering is required in this procedure, if you are not competent do not try it. Disconnect the unit from the mains power supply. Figure 1, centre base of WACS700 Remove the two torx screws circled in figure 1 and remove the plastic cover; this exposes the speaker connectors in figure 2.
Figure 2, centre base of WACS700 showing removal of speaker connectors. Disconnect the two speaker connectors from the centre unit and remove the speaker wire from the guide in the centre unit.
Figure 3, showing removal of speakers from either side of main unit. To remove the speakers insert a screw driver, as shown pushing the clip away from the main unit towards the speaker. Apply pressure to push the speaker down, in relation to the base unit (about 1cm) and remove the speaker.
Figure 4, showing side of speaker that normally attaches to the centre unit.
Figure 5, showing main unit (from the rear) with speakers removed. Remove the 6 torx (T10) screws as indicated.
Figure 6, showing the front of the main unit being lifted off the rear of the main unit (note the two ribbon connectors between the front and rear sections). Once the 6 torx screws have been removed, carefully turn the main unit onto it’s back. Carefully separate the front from the back, disconnecting the two ribbon cables between the front and back of the unit (as highlighted).
Figure 7, showing the CD drive (top) and hard disk drive (underneath). Although this picture was actually taken with the hard drive removed, my mistake!! Remove the 4 screws (circled), and the two springs (ovals). The springs are very tricky to remove and should be removed with care to avoid damage to the circuit board on the right.
Figure 8, showing the hard drive power and IDE ribbon cables. Please note this picture shows the CD drive removed from the hard drive, this operation can be completed with both intact. Remove the hard drive power and IDE ribbon cables carefully, there’s not a lot of room!! With these cables removed it’s possible to rotate the unit further if required.
Figure 9, showing the hard drive assembly. Please note the picture shows the CD drive removed (on top of the hard drive) this operation can be completed without separating these assemblies. Remove the three screws from the left hand side of the hard disk assembly. With the hard disk/CD drive assembly positioned as in figure 9 remove the first two screws from the right hand side.
Figure 10, showing the hard drive assembly with the power supply interface board on the right and the IDE interface on the left. Remove the two circuit boards by unsoldering the metal tabs that attach the metal cage to the circuit boards. Four for the IDE board and three for the power board. Once de- soldered these tabs can be bent back and the hard disk removed.
Figure 11, showing partition information for the original Maxtor disk (disk 2). I made one attempt to copy the hard drive and resize the partition using Norton Ghost, which failed miserably. Once put back together the WACS700 kept on showing ‘Booting’.
Figure 12, showing 5,713 tracks on the WACS700 with 40,867MB free. Additional pictures;...
Splitting of the CD drive assembly from the hard assembly showing the two ribbon cables that run between them to the circuit board on the right.
CD drive assembly removed from the Hard drive assembly again showing the routing of the two ribbon cables.
CD drive/hard drive assembly removed from the main unit.