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Introduction

Before performing any repairs, make sure the laptop is fully powered off and disconnected from its charger. To replace the SSD drive you will first have to remove the keyboard and battery.

Parts

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  1. With laptop closed and powered off, place the laptop screen side down.
    • With laptop closed and powered off, place the laptop screen side down.

    • Turn the laptop so that the hinges are closest to you.

    • Unscrew all sixteen 6mm Phillips #J00 screws on the bottom of the laptop with the #J00 Phillips head screwdriver.

  2. Once unscrewed, flip laptop over. Rotate laptop 180 degrees, so you can open the screen.
    • Once unscrewed, flip laptop over.

    • Rotate laptop 180 degrees, so you can open the screen.

    • Open the laptop screen.

    • Use the plastic opening tool with the half centimeter wide tip to gently separate the bottom case of the laptop from the keyboard.

    • Do not apply too much force or you may break the clips.

    • Gently pull the keyboard upwards to a 45 degree angle.

  3. Hold the keyboard open with one hand to extend  the three cables (white, black and copper) still connecting the bottom of the keyboard to the back case. Be sure you are prying up the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself. Use your fingernail to flip up the small retaining flap of each zero insertion force connector and then gently pull each ribbon cable out one at a time.
    • Hold the keyboard open with one hand to extend the three cables (white, black and copper) still connecting the bottom of the keyboard to the back case.

    • Be sure you are prying up the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself.

    • Use your fingernail to flip up the small retaining flap of each zero insertion force connector and then gently pull each ribbon cable out one at a time.

    • The white line on this ribbon cable marks the edge of the connection area. To reinstall, insert the cable into the connector up to this line and then close the retaining flap. If the cable doesn’t insert easily up to (or very near to) this line, it’s probably misaligned and needs to be gently removed and repositioned.

  4. Use both hands to remove the keyboard. Do not pull too forcibly or you could damage your keyboard.
    • Use both hands to remove the keyboard.

    • Do not pull too forcibly or you could damage your keyboard.

  5. After removing the keyboard, open the laptop screen to face you.
    • After removing the keyboard, open the laptop screen to face you.

    • Gently disconnect the silver cable that stretches over the battery by using your fingernail to flip up the small retaining flaps on both sides of the zero insertion force connector.

    • Be sure you are prying up the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself.

    • The white line on this ribbon cable marks the edge of the connection area. To reinstall, insert the cable into the connector up to this line and then close the retaining flap. If the cable doesn’t insert easily up to (or very near to) this line, it’s probably misaligned and needs to be gently removed and repositioned.

  6. Unscrew one 3mm #J1 Phillips screw from the side closest to you of the motherboard with a #J1 Phillips head screwdriver.
    • Unscrew one 3mm #J1 Phillips screw from the side closest to you of the motherboard with a #J1 Phillips head screwdriver.

    • Unscrew one 4mm #J1 Phillips screw from the right of the motherboard with a #J1 Phillips head screwdriver.

  7. Use your fingernail to flip up the small retaining flap of the zero insertion force connector and then gently pull out the silver ribbon cable. Be sure you are prying up the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself.
    • Use your fingernail to flip up the small retaining flap of the zero insertion force connector and then gently pull out the silver ribbon cable.

    • Be sure you are prying up the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself.

    • The white line on this ribbon cable marks the edge of the connection area. To reinstall, insert the cable into the connector up to this line and then close the retaining flap. If the cable doesn’t insert easily up to (or very near to) this line, it’s probably misaligned and needs to be gently removed and repositioned.

  8. Gently disconnect the six cables (red, black and green) attached to both the battery and motherboard by pinching them with your thumb and forefinger. Pull with moderate force towards the left to disconnect. Gently disconnect the six cables (red, black and green) attached to both the battery and motherboard by pinching them with your thumb and forefinger. Pull with moderate force towards the left to disconnect.
    • Gently disconnect the six cables (red, black and green) attached to both the battery and motherboard by pinching them with your thumb and forefinger. Pull with moderate force towards the left to disconnect.

  9. Gently lift up the black-covered cables that remain connected to the motherboard at the bottom left of the laptop base. Move the cables toward the bottom edge of the laptop closest to you without disconnecting them. Do not pull too forcibly or you could damage your motherboard. Carefully lift up the motherboard and slide the battery to the left to pull it out.
    • Gently lift up the black-covered cables that remain connected to the motherboard at the bottom left of the laptop base. Move the cables toward the bottom edge of the laptop closest to you without disconnecting them.

    • Do not pull too forcibly or you could damage your motherboard.

    • Carefully lift up the motherboard and slide the battery to the left to pull it out.

  10. Use the #J1 Phillips Screwdriver to unscrew two 4 mm #J1 Phillips screws from side of the SSD drive closest to you.
    • Use the #J1 Phillips Screwdriver to unscrew two 4 mm #J1 Phillips screws from side of the SSD drive closest to you.

  11. Gently lift up the SSD drive and pull it toward you to remove the drive fully from the laptop. Gently lift up the SSD drive and pull it toward you to remove the drive fully from the laptop.
    • Gently lift up the SSD drive and pull it toward you to remove the drive fully from the laptop.

Conclusion

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

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Have an almost-unused M5-481T-6831 to which I'm going to clone the HDD to a Samsung 860 Evo 500GB. My question is whether I should remove the 20GB MSATA SSD while I'm in there, since I doubt it will be used once the 860 Evo is installed?

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