Introduction

How to open a Asus N73J laptop and install a SSD or HDD in the free HDD bay.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or the flat end of a spudger to gently push down the five pins just above the top row of keys that secure the keyboard to the laptop. Use a small flathead screwdriver or the flat end of a spudger to gently push down the five pins just above the top row of keys that secure the keyboard to the laptop. Use a small flathead screwdriver or the flat end of a spudger to gently push down the five pins just above the top row of keys that secure the keyboard to the laptop.
  • Use a small flathead screwdriver or the flat end of a spudger to gently push down the five pins just above the top row of keys that secure the keyboard to the laptop.

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Slowly tilt the keyboard towards the front but not too far as the flat cable is still connected. Slowly tilt the keyboard towards the front but not too far as the flat cable is still connected.
  • Slowly tilt the keyboard towards the front but not too far as the flat cable is still connected.

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With a spudger carefully unlock the socket by pushing the white part to the left. Pull the ribbon cable straight out of its socket. (For a clear view the photo shows where to push after the cable was already removed; push both from upper side as bottom side of the socket.)
  • With a spudger carefully unlock the socket by pushing the white part to the left. Pull the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  • (For a clear view the photo shows where to push after the cable was already removed; push both from upper side as bottom side of the socket.)

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Remove these seven screws with a JIS #1 (or PH 1) to unlock the back cover.
  • Remove these seven screws with a JIS #1 (or PH 1) to unlock the back cover.

  • Here you can see the slot for an extra RAM module.

  • When finished close the laptop and turn it over.

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Open the back cover to get access to: the HDD-bays the RAM modules
  • Open the back cover to get access to:

    • the HDD-bays

    • the RAM modules

    • the WiFI module

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If you haven't done so already now is the time to mount your SSD or HDD in the caddy. If you haven't done so already now is the time to mount your SSD or HDD in the caddy.
  • If you haven't done so already now is the time to mount your SSD or HDD in the caddy.

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Gently slide your new SSD/HDD in the empty HDD bay. And do not forget to secure it to the body of the laptop with a few screws. Gently slide your new SSD/HDD in the empty HDD bay. And do not forget to secure it to the body of the laptop with a few screws.
  • Gently slide your new SSD/HDD in the empty HDD bay. And do not forget to secure it to the body of the laptop with a few screws.

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Conclusion

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

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Why take off the keyboard to install an SSD? Would not removing the back drive bay cover be all that is necessary to gain access to the drive bays?

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You have to remove the keyboard in order to get access to the screws that hold the back cover in place.

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