Introduction

This guide will show you how to access and remove the solid state drive (SSD) for your Alienware 17 R4.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to remove the six M2.5x13 screws (2.4 mm) on the back of the laptop.
  • Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to remove the six M2.5x13 screws (2.4 mm) on the back of the laptop.

  • Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to loosen the one M2x3 screw (1.9 mm).

    • The M2x3 screw (1.9 mm) does not come out completely.

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Pull the base cover up to remove it. If you are having trouble, insert a plastic opening tool into the divots along the laptop's edges to loosen.
  • Pull the base cover up to remove it.

  • If you are having trouble, insert a plastic opening tool into the divots along the laptop's edges to loosen.

  • Removing the cover may require some force.

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Disconnect the battery connector cable, located on the right side of the laptop, above the hard disk drive. Once you have removed the cable, wait 5-10 minutes to allow the laptop to power down. Failure to remove the battery connector cable properly may damage other parts of the laptop.
  • Disconnect the battery connector cable, located on the right side of the laptop, above the hard disk drive.

  • Once you have removed the cable, wait 5-10 minutes to allow the laptop to power down.

  • Failure to remove the battery connector cable properly may damage other parts of the laptop.

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Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to remove the four M2.5x5 screws (2.4 mm) on the hard disk drive. Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to remove the four M2.5x5 screws (2.4 mm) on the hard disk drive. Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to remove the four M2.5x5 screws (2.4 mm) on the hard disk drive.
  • Use a PH1 screwdriver bit to remove the four M2.5x5 screws (2.4 mm) on the hard disk drive.

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Gently lift the HDD cable to disconnect it from the laptop. Gently lift the HDD cable to disconnect it from the laptop. Gently lift the HDD cable to disconnect it from the laptop.
  • Gently lift the HDD cable to disconnect it from the laptop.

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Pull the hard drive up to remove. Pull the hard drive up to remove.
  • Pull the hard drive up to remove.

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Remove the one M2x3 screw (1.9 mm) using a PH1 screwdriver bit Remove the one M2x3 screw (1.9 mm) using a PH1 screwdriver bit
  • Remove the one M2x3 screw (1.9 mm) using a PH1 screwdriver bit

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Slide the solid state drive towards yourself to prevent damage to the card. Slide the solid state drive towards yourself to prevent damage to the card.
  • Slide the solid state drive towards yourself to prevent damage to the card.

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Conclusion

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

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