PowerBook 3400 M3553 Hard Drive Replacement
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How to remove the hard drive.
- Author: Michael Mondragon
- Time required: 30-45 minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
If your hard drive was damaged or you want to upgrade it you will need to remove the old hard drive first. However, the hard drive is one of the hardest components to reach. Make sure you are able to keep all removed parts organized to make your reassembly process easier.
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Turn the computer over and open the display. You should see that the keyboard is loose.
Before attempting to remove the keyboard, note that a ribbon cable connects the keyboard to the logic board. Improper removal may damage your keyboard.
Carefully lift the front of the keyboard up slightly and then slide the keyboard towards yourself.
Then carefully lift the top half of the keyboard and rotate it towards yourself.
Push the display screen back to give yourself enough space to remove the side panels.
Before removing the side panels, note that removing the side panels hastily will damage the underlying panel screw. However, this will not affect the functionality of your PowerBook.
Remove the panels on either side by gently but firmly pulling up on them with both hands.
If your replacement drive did not come with a ribbon cable, use a plastic opening tool to remove the ribbon cable from your old hard drive.
Use a plastic opening tool to loosen the ribbon cable by running it along the connection and gently prying it free.
When you have loosened the connection, pull the tab to remove the ribbon cable.