One of my hard drives was giving me a S.M.A.R.T. error that failure was eminent. Something about too many raw read errors (I think it was ~26000 or so). I’ve had quite a few HDDs eat dust before, so it was amazing that S.M.A.R.T. caught it BEFORE it died. Anyways, I think I may have mentioned before that I have an Antec Skeleton. Let me tell you, that made taking out this HDD really, REALLY, easy.
You can see the fan in front of the HDDs. That had to come off.
In this picture you can sort of see the tabs that I had to pull to get the mesh side panel off (which, I’ll admit, I didn’t know about when I first put it together and that made it a royal PITA). Once I did that, all I had to do was unplug the cables, push the tab in front, and pull the HDD out. It was MAYBE a minute of work. It took longer to shut down the PC.