Dell Inspiron n5050 Hard Drive Replacement

Member-Contributed Guide

Member-Contributed Guide

An awesome member of our community made this guide. It is not managed by iFixit staff.

Use this guide to remove the hard drive.

  • Author: Tyler
  • Time required: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • With the battery towards you, slide the locking clips out.

    • The left clip stays, the right clip is spring loaded.

  • Slide the battery towards you.

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Edit Step 2 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Flip the laptop right side up. Open the laptop.

  • Gently press in the four retaining tabs along the top of the keyboard with a spudger, one at a time.

    • After the first tab is released, gently lift up on the keyboard so it doesn't lock again. Finish the other three tabs while gently lifting up on the keyboard. The keyboard will hinge up along the bottom.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Gently flip the data cable latch away from the data cable with flat side of spudger.

  • Lift the cable up and out.

  • When reinstalling cable, there are two retainer wings on the sides of the cable that the cable that lock onto the bottom of the cable latch area. When these are in place the cable is properly inserted.

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Edit Step 4 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Close the lid, flip the laptop bottom side up with the battery at the top.

  • Remove the 11 screws holding the upper case to the lower case.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Flip the laptop over and open the lid.

  • Remove the two screws from the upper case.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Gently unplug the power cable.

    • You lift up on the dark gray latch.

    • Pull the blue ribbon up.

  • Gently unplug the touchpad cable.

    • Lift up on the dark gray latch.

    • Pull the blue ribbon up

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Gently insert flat side of spudger between upper case and side and pry up.

  • Work your way around the perimeter of the upper case.

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Edit Step 8 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Close the lid, flip the laptop over with the bottom side up and the battery at the top.

  • Remove the two hard drive screws from the bottom case.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Flip the laptop right side up and open the lid.

  • Locate hard drive

  • When looking at the laptop, slide the hard drive to the right. This will disconnect it from the connector on the motherboard.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Dell Inspiron n5050 device page.

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