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.

Image 1/1: Press the battery removal latch located on the right side of the front panel.
  • 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.

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Image 1/1: With the monitor facing towards you, gently pull up on the keyboard panel from the bottom.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Disconnect the front panel's ribbon cable from the board by slowly pulling it out of the connection port. Set the panel aside. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: Lift up on the hard drive to disconnect its ribbon cable from the logic board, just like in the previous steps. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: The hard drive can now be removed from its encasement. Image 2/2: 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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