Asus Eee PC 1005HA Hard Drive Replacement

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Install new Hard Drive

  • Author: Mitchell Cesare
  • Time required: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lay the laptop upside down.

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Lay the laptop upside down.

  • Locate the two battery lock tabs.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Slide the tabs outward to unlock the battery.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slide the tabs outward to unlock the battery.

  • The left tab will remain unlocked, while the right tab must be held.

  • Holding the right tab open, slide the battery towards you to remove.

Edit Step 3 Keyboard  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Locate the 4 metal latches in the battery cavity and pull the latches out using the plastic opening tool.

Edit Step 3 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Locate the 4 metal latches in the battery cavity and pull the latches out using the plastic opening tool.

  • The latches cannot be removed completely, so do not apply too much pressure on the latches as they may bend.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Turn the laptop over and open it

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Turn the laptop over and open it

  • Use plastic opener tool to lift keyboard up off of the laptop

  • Alternatively, keyboard can be pushed upwards from underneath by inserting rod (toothpick) into holes recently vacated by metal tabs in prior step

  • Do not completely remove keyboard just yet. A ribbon connects the underside of the keyboard to the laptop.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift up (towards display) the pins on either side of the ribbon connector and then detach ribbon

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Lift up (towards display) the pins on either side of the ribbon connector and then detach ribbon

  • In a different incarnation, the ribbon connector may be loosened by sliding the latch away from you, one side at a time, not lifting

  • Be very careful if using metal tools, you are working close to surface-mounted board components

Edit Step 6 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Flip the laptop over

Edit Step 6 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Flip the laptop over

  • Remove the 5 screws (5.65 mm) on bottom

  • The screw holding the RAM compartment cover may be the captive type

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove the RAM lid

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the RAM lid

  • This may involve using the spudger to unclip the edges of the cover

  • Battery is shown still attached in picture, but can be removed prior to removing RAM

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove screw (6.65 mm) next to RAM

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove screw (6.65 mm) next to RAM

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Flip back over, open

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Flip back over, open

  • Remove 6 screws (5.5 mm) on inside covering.

  • Disconnect the touch pad ribbon cable, visible through a window at the bottom edge of the metal part of the top casing (approx 1/4 from the left edge; in these photos the connector shows blue) - see step 6 for details

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Detach plastic clips (5). You need to run a plastic opening tool along the underside of the top half and you will hear the 'clicks' of the clips coming undone. Note: top plastic is fragile. Also Note: There are two miniature LEDs "exposed" in the top edge of the bottom casing, at bottom right. Be very careful not to damage these with your tool.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Detach plastic clips (5). You need to run a plastic opening tool along the underside of the top half and you will hear the 'clicks' of the clips coming undone. Note: top plastic is fragile. Also Note: There are two miniature LEDs "exposed" in the top edge of the bottom casing, at bottom right. Be very careful not to damage these with your tool.

  • Remove plastic covering

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Detach trackpad ribbon by raising up black pad

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Detach trackpad ribbon by raising up black pad

  • (This can also be done during step 4, through a window in the metal chassis; in this way you lessen the chance of damage to the trackpad ribbon cable)

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Undo hard drive ribbon by lifting black clips upward.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Undo hard drive ribbon by lifting black clips upward.

  • Undo screws (4.6 mm) holding hard drive in place

  • There may be only one screw of these screws, the one at bottom right. The upper position screw may already have been removed (The 4th red circle from the left in step 4)

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove hard drive by carefully pulling to the left by the black plastic ribbon attached to the drive encasing, then ease up on the left and out.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove hard drive by carefully pulling to the left by the black plastic ribbon attached to the drive encasing, then ease up on the left and out.

  • Be careful when re-inserting that the WiFi antenna cable (visible as a black loop below the disk in the 2nd photo) is not trapped under the leg of the drive encasing.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Undo encasing screws (3.6 mm) (4)

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Undo encasing screws (3.6 mm) (4)

  • Remove hard drive encasing

  • Remove hard drive

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

For more information, check out the Asus Eee PC 1005HA device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Good guide! Thx!

Andre ShneideR, · Reply

What's the biggest hard drive that will work on this netbook?

Javier Molina, · Reply

The connector for the hard drive ribbon is easy to break if you're not careful (as I have learned the hard way). The computer is dead if that cable isn't seated properly, so I'm stuck trying to figure out where to get a replacement for it. Any help would be appreciated and consider yourself warned.

Alistair La Caille, · Reply

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