Introduction

The hard drive is one of the more crucial components on a computer. There are a variety of different reasons one would want to replace a hard drive including upgrading the size and replacing a malfunctioning component. You should read through the entire guide before performing the repair and should have all necessary tools readily available. You should also find a safe location to store the various screws taken out of the computer to ensure that they do not get mixed up or lost.

Parts

No parts required.

Start by removing the battery found on the back of the device.
  • Start by removing the battery found on the back of the device.

  • The battery must be removed in order to ensure the device does not have power! Make sure you do not skip this step!

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Using plastic opening tools press down the 6 clips located around the keyboard.
  • Using plastic opening tools press down the 6 clips located around the keyboard.

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  • Using a plastic opening tool or spudger move the keyboard out of position.

  • There is a thin cable on the backside of the keyboard. Make sure when you move the keyboard out of position you do so slowly to prevent damage to this cable.

  • If you use a spudger it is recommended that you use a plastic spudger to reduce the chance of damaging any internal parts.

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  • Using a spudger gently push the tab on the port forward then pull out the cable.

  • Be careful to do so as gently as possible. You do not want to damage the port.

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  • Unscrew seven 1.2 mm Phillips #1 screws from the back of the device

This step is not necessary. The screws do not have to be removed for RAM replacement.

Markus Schmidt - Reply

  • Unscrew eight more 1.2 mm Phillips #1 screws from the front of the computer.

Here too many screws are removed. Only the 4 denoted with a circled "1" have to be removed.

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  • Using a spudger carefully push though the hole to dislodge the panel on the back of the device then remove the panel by hand.

  • It is recommended that you use a plastic spudger to reduce the chance of damaging any internal parts.

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  • Remove the single 1.2 mm Phillips #1 screw from the Hard Drive.

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  • Using the tab on the side of the Hard Drive, pull out the Hard Drive.

Thanks excellent advice, worked like a charm.

On step 2 i suggest start from an upper corner and work around the keyboard.

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Conclusion

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

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It is not at all necessary to remove all those screws! Only the 4 marked DOOR under the keyboard are required to pop off the back cover and access the HDD.

Colin - Reply

Thank you very much, i thought, must to unscrew all the screws like to disassembly all the mini. I THINK is not nessesary neither, the keyboard

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