Introduction

Replace the hard drive in your Acer Aspire 5742 to get lots more space, or upgrade to a super-fast SSD.

Parts

No parts required.

Move the battery catch to the "unlocked" position. Pull back the second spring-loaded battery catch until the battery pops up. Remove the battery.
  • Move the battery catch to the "unlocked" position.

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

  • Remove the battery.

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

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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.
  • 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.

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
Unscrew the one Phillips #00 screw keeping the hard drive in place. Unscrew the one Phillips #00 screw keeping the hard drive in place.
  • Unscrew the one Phillips #00 screw keeping the hard drive in place.

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Gently remove the hard drive from the SATA connectors. Lift the drive out of the notebook. Lift the drive out of the notebook.
  • Gently remove the hard drive from the SATA connectors.

  • Lift the drive out of the notebook.

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There is a small metal bracket on either side of the hard drive, with two small silver-coloured Phillips #00 screws securing the bracket to the drive on each side. Unscrew these screws. Unscrew these screws.
  • There is a small metal bracket on either side of the hard drive, with two small silver-coloured Phillips #00 screws securing the bracket to the drive on each side.

  • Unscrew these screws.

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When installing the new hard drive, remember to attach the brackets before placing the drive into the notebook. When installing the new hard drive, remember to attach the brackets before placing the drive into the notebook.
  • When installing the new hard drive, remember to attach the brackets before placing the drive into the notebook.

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Conclusion

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

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Chris Chapman

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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

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