Introduction

The optical drive is where CDs and DVDs are inserted and read in a laptop. Optical drives have various moving parts so they can malfunction or stop working properly. The optical drive can be removed easily in order to replace it.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: Turn the laptop over. Image 2/2: Locate the orange switch next to the battery.
  • Unplug the charging cable from the laptop and the wall. Failure to disconnect the charging cable could result in electric shock.

  • Turn the laptop over.

  • Locate the orange switch next to the battery.

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Image 1/3: While holding the orange switch in place, lift the battery by the lip and pull it away from the laptop. Image 2/3: While holding the orange switch in place, lift the battery by the lip and pull it away from the laptop. Image 3/3: While holding the orange switch in place, lift the battery by the lip and pull it away from the laptop.
  • Using a small tool such as tweezers or a pen, slide the orange switch completely to the left to unlock the battery.

  • While holding the orange switch in place, lift the battery by the lip and pull it away from the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Remove the black screw holding the optical drive in place by using a Phillips #0 screwdriver. Image 2/2: Remove the black screw holding the optical drive in place by using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Locate the black screw just above the battery.

  • Remove the black screw holding the optical drive in place by using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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  • Pull the optical drive free from the laptop.

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Conclusion

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

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