Introduction

This guide will take you through the steps necessary to disassemble your Powerbook 5300, reach its hard drive, and replace it.

Parts

No parts required.

Position the Powerbook towards you with the monitor closed.
  • Position the Powerbook towards you with the monitor closed.

  • Press the battery removal latch located on the right side of the front panel.

  • Gently slide the battery out.

  • The keyboard, front pane, and hard drive are connected to the laptop's logic board via a ribbon cable. Lift up slowly on each component with one hand and disconnect the ribbons from their ports on the logic board.

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Turn the laptop over and remove the three T8 torx screws from the bottom panel.
  • Turn the laptop over and remove the three T8 torx screws from the bottom panel.

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Turn the laptop back over and open the monitor.
  • Turn the laptop back over and open the monitor.

  • With the monitor facing towards you, gently pull up on the keyboard panel from the bottom.

  • With the keyboard turned over as pictured, carefully remove its ribbon cable from the connection port on the logic board. Use a spudger to lift the white plastic retainer about 1/16" to release the cable.

Use a spudger under one of the keys on the bottom row to very gently lift until you can use your hand to lift the keyboard.

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Gently lift up the laptop's front-most panel and slowly raise the trackpad from the logic board. Disconnect the front panel's ribbon cable from the board by slowly pulling it out of the connection port. Set the panel aside.
  • Gently lift up the laptop's front-most panel and slowly raise the trackpad from the logic board.

  • Disconnect the front panel's ribbon cable from the board by slowly pulling it out of the connection port. Set the panel aside.

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Unscrew the Torx #8 screws holding the hard drive case in place on the logic board. Lift up on the hard drive to disconnect its ribbon cable from the logic board, just like in the previous steps.
  • Unscrew the Torx #8 screws holding the hard drive case in place on the logic board.

  • Lift up on the hard drive to disconnect its ribbon cable from the logic board, just like in the previous steps.

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Unscrew the four Torx #8 screws holding the hard drive to its case. The hard drive can now be removed from its encasement.
  • Unscrew the four Torx #8 screws holding the hard drive to its case.

  • The hard drive can now be removed from its encasement.

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Conclusion

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

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