Lay the laptop flat on a hard surface with the bottom facing up and the battery pack on the side closest to you.
  • Lay the laptop flat on a hard surface with the bottom facing up and the battery pack on the side closest to you.

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Use both index fingers to push both spring tabs inwards towards the center of the laptop. Use both index fingers to push both spring tabs inwards towards the center of the laptop.
  • Use both index fingers to push both spring tabs inwards towards the center of the laptop.

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With the spring tabs pressed inward, use your fingernails to lift of the edge of the battery, pivoting it up and towards you. Pull the battery pack up and away from you to completely free it from its recess in the case. Pull the battery pack up and away from you to completely free it from its recess in the case.
  • With the spring tabs pressed inward, use your fingernails to lift of the edge of the battery, pivoting it up and towards you.

  • Pull the battery pack up and away from you to completely free it from its recess in the case.

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Remove the screws securing the bottom case to the keyboard.
  • Remove the screws securing the bottom case to the keyboard.

    • Remove the six 3.68 mm screws and the single 4.45 mm screw that had been concealed by the battery.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the two rubber covers located at the upper left and right corners.

    • With the rubber covers gone, two 4.52 mm screws should now be visible. Remove these screws.

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Pry the cover free from the chasis by inserting the plastic opening tool between the keyboard and the lower body of the Asus Eee PC 1018P. Prying a keyboard from a laptop requires a lot of force, but the keyboard also has fragile connectors underneath. Use caution so as to avoid breaking these connectors.
  • Pry the cover free from the chasis by inserting the plastic opening tool between the keyboard and the lower body of the Asus Eee PC 1018P.

    • Prying a keyboard from a laptop requires a lot of force, but the keyboard also has fragile connectors underneath. Use caution so as to avoid breaking these connectors.

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Lift the outside edge of the keyboard upward and inward towards the screen. (See warning below.)
  • Lift the outside edge of the keyboard upward and inward towards the screen. (See warning below.)

  • Take care not to lift the keyboard very far, as this may sever the ribbon cables that are still attached.

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Remove the black ribbon cable from the motherboard. Use the tip of the plastic opening tool to push the black tabs on both sides of the white connector forward toward the display. Pushing forward on one side will push the other side back toward the touch pad. Repeat the previous step until both black tabs will not move any farther.
  • Remove the black ribbon cable from the motherboard.

    • Use the tip of the plastic opening tool to push the black tabs on both sides of the white connector forward toward the display.

    • Pushing forward on one side will push the other side back toward the touch pad. Repeat the previous step until both black tabs will not move any farther.

    • Carefully pull the black ribbon cable horizontally toward the display until it slides free from the white motherboard connector. If it does not move when pulling on it, repeat previous steps until it does.

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Remove the white ribbon cable from the motherboard. Insert the plastic opening tool under the small lip of the white ribbon connector, and pry upwards to pop the motherboard connector up. Carefully remove the white ribbon cable by pulling it horizontally towards the touch pad.
  • Remove the white ribbon cable from the motherboard.

    • Insert the plastic opening tool under the small lip of the white ribbon connector, and pry upwards to pop the motherboard connector up.

    • Carefully remove the white ribbon cable by pulling it horizontally towards the touch pad.

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The keyboard can now be removed from the main body of the Asus Eee PC 1018P.
  • The keyboard can now be removed from the main body of the Asus Eee PC 1018P.

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Remove the two 4.52 mm Phillips head screws securing the hard drive case to the laptop.
  • Remove the two 4.52 mm Phillips head screws securing the hard drive case to the laptop.

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Carefully peel off the tape that adheres the black cables to the hard drive. Do not discard the tape.
  • Carefully peel off the tape that adheres the black cables to the hard drive. Do not discard the tape.

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Lift the left side of the hard drive slightly. Gently pull the hard drive to the left in order to free it from the pin connection on the right side. Continue pulling the hard drive until it comes entirely free from the rest of the laptop. Removing the hard drive at too great or too small an angle can cause damage to both the hard drive and the connector to the motherboard.
  • Lift the left side of the hard drive slightly. Gently pull the hard drive to the left in order to free it from the pin connection on the right side.

  • Continue pulling the hard drive until it comes entirely free from the rest of the laptop.

  • Removing the hard drive at too great or too small an angle can cause damage to both the hard drive and the connector to the motherboard.

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Remove the four 3.68 mm screws securing the hard drive case to the hard drive. There are two on each side of the hard drive case.
  • Remove the four 3.68 mm screws securing the hard drive case to the hard drive. There are two on each side of the hard drive case.

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The hard drive is now fully removed and ready to be replaced.
  • The hard drive is now fully removed and ready to be replaced.

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Conclusion

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

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It helps when you start to pry open the cover at the SD card slot instead of some random point as there is some space to go between. Don't insert your tool too deeply though or you you might damage the frame that sits further in.

Andre - Reply

Short, clear, accurate. Thank you! awesome student :)

Alex - Reply

Any advice on replacing with a SSD drive?

SATA II 3GBs

Would a 6gbs drive be a waste? or even work?

same question for SATA III

terrymcp63 - Reply

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