I’ve searched everywhere and can’t seem to find how to salvage this motor from my wd10ears HDD. It seems most other HDDs have screws to take it out, but this one doesn’t. The centre screw is just round so that doesn’t get it out. If someone could let me know how to approach this, that would be great.

Top View

Bottom View


  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ I believe these are pressed. I have had no success with it. \$\endgroup\$
    – AKTanara
    May 12, 2023 at 7:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok, thanks. I’ll maybe try with a hammer, nothing to lose. \$\endgroup\$
    – Coconut
    May 12, 2023 at 7:01
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Press fit bearing. Use a press to push it out. Aluminium has higher thermal expansion coefficient than steel so you can heat the aluminium to facilitate the process. \$\endgroup\$
    – winny
    May 12, 2023 at 7:29
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ I suggest a 12" hacksaw rather than a junior hacksaw, it will be much faster... \$\endgroup\$ May 12, 2023 at 8:23

1 Answer 1


A vise might have more chance of success than a hammer. If you have (or can make) a cylinder to press in the proper spot. Image from here

enter image description here


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.