Acer Aspire One ZG5 Hard Drive Replacement

Replace the hard drive in your Acer Aspire One ZG5.

  • Author: Doug Gallatin
  • Time estimate: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Use this guide to replace the hard drive in the Acer Aspire One ZG5. After removing the motherboard, the hard drive is easy to replace.

Relevant Parts

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Turn the netbook upside down with the battery at the top, away from you.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Unlock the battery by sliding the switch located near the left hinge to the left "unlocked" position.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • Slide the latch located on the opposite hinge from the lock while pushing the battery up.

Edit Step 4 Wireless Card  ¶ 

Image 1/1: These screws are built into the panel and aren't meant to be completely removed.

Edit Step 4 Wireless Card  ¶ 

  • Gently loosen the two Phillips #0 screws in the small panel that covers the wireless card.

    • These screws are built into the panel and aren't meant to be completely removed.

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  • Lift up the panel and remove it from the case.

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  • Disconnect the two antenna cables from the left side of the wireless card.

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  • Remove the single 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screw from the bottom left of the wireless card.

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  • Gently lift up the left side of the wireless card and slide the card out of its socket.

Edit Step 9 Keyboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Turn the netbook over and open the display so that the keyboard is facing you.

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Image 1/3: Start with the spudger pointing towards the display and pry up to push each tab off the keyboard.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • There are three tabs located on the top of the keyboard.

  • Start with the spudger pointing towards the display and pry up to push each tab off the keyboard.

  • As you move to the next tab, ensure the previous tab doesn't reset itself.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: There is a short ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the netbook.

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  • Lift top of keyboard up. If it doesn't lift easily, there may be tabs on the sides - use the tool to ease them aside and/or shift the keyboard from side to side.

  • There is a short ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the netbook.

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  • Disconnect the ribbon by lifting the black plastic hinge and removing the clear blue cable.

Edit Step 13 Top Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13 Top Case  ¶ 

  • Close the display and turn the ZG5 over so that the battery compartment faces away from you.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove three 3.9 mm  Phillips #1 screws  from the battery compartment.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove three 5.8 mm Phillips #0 screws from the bottom of the case

  • Remove three 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screws from the battery compartment.

  • Remove two 5.8 mm Phillips #0 screws from underneath the feet near the hinges.

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  • Turn the netbook back over and open the display with the keyboard cavity facing you.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Using the blue tab, pull the trackpad ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF connector.

  • Using the blue tab, pull the trackpad ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the single silver 4.3 mm Phillips #00 screw from the right side of  the metal casing.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the five black 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screws from the metal casing.

  • Remove the single silver 4.3 mm Phillips #00 screw from the right side of the metal casing.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Slide the spudger toward the front of the device, releasing the small clips that hold down the top case.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Starting at the red rings along the hinge, insert a spudger or plastic opening tool into the seam between the two halves of the case.

  • Slide the spudger toward the front of the device, releasing the small clips that hold down the top case.

  • Gently lift off the top case.

Edit Step 19 Internal Wireless Card  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19 Internal Wireless Card  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the two antenna cables from the right side of the wireless card.

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  • Remove the single 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screw from the wireless card.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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  • Gently pull the wireless card to the right and slide it out of its socket.

Edit Step 22 Motherboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display cable from the top left of the motherboard.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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  • Disconnect the speaker cable from its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove a single 3.9 mm Phillips #0 screw from the front of the motherboard.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Remove three 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screws from the small I/O board.

  • Remove a single 3.9 mm Phillips #0 screw from the front of the motherboard.

    • Some laptops may instead have a single 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screw.

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  • Remove the two 4.7 mm Phillips #1 screws that connect the display to the motherboard.

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Image 1/1: The  I/O board is attached to the motherboard by a short cable.

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  • Gently lift the I/O board up from the right side of the case.

    • The I/O board is attached to the motherboard by a short cable.

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  • Lift the entire motherboard assembly out the case.

Edit Step 28 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Turn the motherboard over so that the RAM is facing up.

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  • Disconnect the I/O board from the motherboard.

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  • Remove the two 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold down the hard drive.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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  • Pull the hard drive straight out from the motherboard.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

Image 1/1: There are two screws on each side of the casing.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screws from the hard drive casing.

    • There are two screws on each side of the casing.

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Remove the upper and lower casing from the hard drive.

Conclusion

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

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8 Comments

Excellent guide. This "student" should be promoted to "instructor" right away. Many thanks.

Rudy Fernandes - Reply

This guide helped a lot with refurbishing my old ZG5. It now has a case that is not cracked, 1.5 GB memory, and a 240GB SSD. I get to put off Windows 10 for a while longer.

James Stallings - Reply

Thanks a lot! i already upgrade memory from 1 to 1.5 on my acer. But i have a question, does the aoa 150 works faster with a ssd disk? i want to try with one of 240 gb. Anyone try it?

Martiniano Vera Enrique - Reply

mi lap NO tiene wireless card

gustavo cordova - Reply

I took apart an SSD variant. At this step, there were two screws holding the SSD down, but the SSD did not come out with the main and daughter boards. Detaching the I/O cable freed the mainboard to come out with or without the daughterboard.

unixusr - Reply

there are 2 silver screws that need to be removed in this step your picture shows them still installed (one is located neer audio plug, the other is located neer keyboard plug) in step 27 (next step) they have been removed without mention

Scott Riley - Reply

I have added 1 gb of memory to my ZG5 thanks to this helpful guide. Total cost, including a spudger and a new mini screwdriver, to tackle the 00 Philips, GBP 17.57

I fear I haven't put the trackpad connector back properly, but device works great with a wireless mouse. Very many thanks.

John Serocold - Reply

La notebook trae el disco duro en la parte de atrás? Por dónde va el ventilador?

Julio Cesar Roman Gonzalez - Reply