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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Pull the hard drive up to remove.

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  • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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