Introduction

This is a guide that will help the user through the process of replacing a dying or failed hard drive. The problems this guide should address include but are not limited to "hard drive clicking noise, "Windows failed to load or "hard drive error."

Image 1/3: Make sure the laptop is unplugged from its charging cord. Image 2/3: Flip the laptop over to view the underside. Image 3/3: Slide the right battery lock/unlock button to unlock, sliding the tab outward to unlock.
  • Put on an anti-static wrist band, attaching the end onto a large piece of metal.

  • Make sure the laptop is unplugged from its charging cord.

  • Flip the laptop over to view the underside.

  • Slide the right battery lock/unlock button to unlock, sliding the tab outward to unlock.

  • At the same time, slide the left tab outwards while placing thumb on the grip strips of the battery and pull the battery outwards until it slides out.

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Image 1/2: Remove the three screws at the front edge of the device using a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Image 2/2: Remove the three screws at the front edge of the device using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
  • Flip the device over so bottom is exposed.

  • Remove the three screws at the front edge of the device using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Lift the screen open. Image 2/2: Insert the plastic opening tool above the F8 key.
  • Flip the device so it is front-side up.

  • Lift the screen open.

  • Insert the plastic opening tool above the F8 key.

    • Do not break the F8 key.

  • Pull towards yourself in an upward motion to push the keyboard up.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cables attached to bottom of keyboard.

    • Lift the black tab on top of ribbon.

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Image 1/3: Eleven 2mm Phillips #1 screws Image 2/3: Three 2mm Phillips #1 screws Image 3/3: Use the plastic opening tool on the left side of device to pop off blue casing and slide along the edge to loosen the casing.
  • Unscrew the screws holding the blue casing to the motherboard using a Phillips #1 screwbit:

    • Eleven 2mm Phillips #1 screws

    • Three 2mm Phillips #1 screws

  • Use the plastic opening tool on the left side of device to pop off blue casing and slide along the edge to loosen the casing.

  • Separate the blue casing from the rest of the device.

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Image 1/3: Using a metal spudger on internal components can potentially damage your device. Image 2/3: With the hard drive in your hand, use your thumb and index finger to grasp the power/data cable. Image 3/3: Pull the power/data cable away from the drive to unplug the cable.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to lift the back right corner of the hard drive.

  • Using a metal spudger on internal components can potentially damage your device.

  • With the hard drive in your hand, use your thumb and index finger to grasp the power/data cable.

  • Pull the power/data cable away from the drive to unplug the cable.

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Conclusion

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

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