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Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal

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  1. Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Battery: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Move the battery catch to the "unlocked" position.

    • Pull back the second spring-loaded battery catch until the battery pops up.

    • Remove the battery.

  2. Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Cover Panel: step 2, image 1 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Cover Panel: step 2, image 2 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Cover Panel: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Turn the notebook around to face you.

    • There are two Phillips #00 screws securing the cover panel to the rest of the notebook. Remove these screws.

  3. Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal: step 3, image 1 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal: step 3, image 2 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to release the panel from the plastic retaining clips keeping it in place.

    • Do not apply too much force, or you may break the clips.

    • Remove the panel and set it aside.

  4. Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Hard drive: step 4, image 1 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Hard drive: step 4, image 2 of 3 Acer Aspire 5742 Hard Drive Removal, Hard drive: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Unscrew the Phillips #00 screw which retains the hard drive in place.

    • Gently slide the hard drive to the left in order to disengage the SATA connectors.

    • It may be quite stiff, in which case you can ease the hard drive out of the SATA connectors by inserting a spudger between the hard drive and the connector block.

    • Lift the drive out of the notebook.

Conclusion

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

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Skylar MacDonald

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Great guide except for the missing screw sizes. Does anybody know the screw sizes?

patrickscott - Reply

I have this laptop with a bad HDD, it was a Toshiba 640 GB , 5400 RPM drive.

I like to know if this laptop supports 7200 RPM drives

Also, does this laptop support an SSD drive ?

Shahzaan - Reply

Yes, any 2.5in SATA HDD or SSD can be fitted in place of any other.

Philip Le Riche -

I love this guide! It's the best! Thank You!

Mark Wiens - Reply

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