Introduction

The hard drive is located under the keyboard of the laptop. Before starting the guide, make sure the laptop's charger is not plugged in. Replacing the hard drive will require you to reinstall Windows on the laptop, so consider backing up your files before using the guide.

Warning: This guide causes warranty of laptop to be voided.

Start by placing the laptop upside-down on a flat surface.
  • Start by placing the laptop upside-down on a flat surface.

  • Find the two clips on the back portion of the laptop.

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Using your finger, push the clip labeled with a "1" on the laptop from the lock position to unlock position.
  • Using your finger, push the clip labeled with a "1" on the laptop from the lock position to unlock position.

  • This clip will hold itself, so after you move it to the unlock position you can remove your finger.

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Using your finger, push and hold the pin indicated by a "2" on the laptop from the lock to unlock position. While holding this pin in the unlock position, use your other hand to pull the battery horizontally away from the laptop.
  • Using your finger, push and hold the pin indicated by a "2" on the laptop from the lock to unlock position.

  • While holding this pin in the unlock position, use your other hand to pull the battery horizontally away from the laptop.

  • When the pins on the battery that reach towards the laptop are away from the laptop, you can release the "2" clip.

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Using both hands, pull the battery horizontally away from the laptop.
  • Using both hands, pull the battery horizontally away from the laptop.

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Face the laptop so the 4 silver "clips" along the middle of the battery cartridge are in front of you.
  • Face the laptop so the 4 silver "clips" along the middle of the battery cartridge are in front of you.

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Using the wide opening tool, unhook each clip from its original position by pulling the clip towards you. Repeat for all four of the clips. Repeat for all four of the clips.
  • Using the wide opening tool, unhook each clip from its original position by pulling the clip towards you.

  • Repeat for all four of the clips.

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Turn the laptop right side up and lift the lid.
  • Turn the laptop right side up and lift the lid.

  • Insert the flat end of the spudger into the small gap between the top of the keyboard and the plastic of the laptop.

  • Using the spudger as leverage, lift the keyboard up from the rest of the laptop.

  • Run the spudger across the seam until the entire top edge is exposed. The two sides of the keyboard should also pop up in this process.

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The keyboard should now lift from the base of the laptop.
  • The keyboard should now lift from the base of the laptop.

  • Do not lift the keyboard up to quickly or too hard, since a ribbon cable is still attached to the keyboard and doing so could break it.

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Using the pointed end of the spudger tool, disconnect the ribbon cable that extends from the bottom of the keyboard to the computer by pushing on the connections of the cable. Once the ribbon cable is disconnected, the keyboard can be fully removed by lifting it away from the laptop. Once the ribbon cable is disconnected, the keyboard can be fully removed by lifting it away from the laptop.
  • Using the pointed end of the spudger tool, disconnect the ribbon cable that extends from the bottom of the keyboard to the computer by pushing on the connections of the cable.

  • Once the ribbon cable is disconnected, the keyboard can be fully removed by lifting it away from the laptop.

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Turn the laptop upside-down. Find and unscrew the 6.65 mm Phillips #1 screw on the ram cover.
  • Turn the laptop upside-down.

  • Find and unscrew the 6.65 mm Phillips #1 screw on the ram cover.

  • The screw will not detach from the ram cover.

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Remove the four 6mm screws with the Phillips #1 screwdriver.
  • Remove the four 6mm screws with the Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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Carefully remove the cover by lifting it with your fingers. Make sure that you do not pull the cover too hard because this could damage the plastic pins that hold the cover on.
  • Carefully remove the cover by lifting it with your fingers.

  • Make sure that you do not pull the cover too hard because this could damage the plastic pins that hold the cover on.

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Locate and remove the silver 6.65 mm Phillips #1 screw in the bottom right corner of the opening. Locate and remove the silver 6.65 mm Phillips #1 screw in the bottom right corner of the opening.
  • Locate and remove the silver 6.65 mm Phillips #1 screw in the bottom right corner of the opening.

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Identify the 3 black clips in the area where the battery was. Release the 3 black clips in the battery area by pushing them in with the pointed end of the spudger. Release the 3 black clips in the battery area by pushing them in with the pointed end of the spudger.
  • Identify the 3 black clips in the area where the battery was.

  • Release the 3 black clips in the battery area by pushing them in with the pointed end of the spudger.

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The following step will void the warranty.
  • The following step will void the warranty.

  • Remove the six 5.5 mm Phillips #1 screw.

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Locate the ribbon cable. Using the flat end of the spudger push up the black clip that holds down the cable and pull the cable away from the clip. Using the flat end of the spudger push up the black clip that holds down the cable and pull the cable away from the clip.
  • Locate the ribbon cable.

  • Using the flat end of the spudger push up the black clip that holds down the cable and pull the cable away from the clip.

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Pry up the plastic frame at the top corners with your fingers. Use the spudger and slide it between the bottom case and the plastic frame to release it. Use the spudger and slide it between the bottom case and the plastic frame to release it.
  • Pry up the plastic frame at the top corners with your fingers.

  • Use the spudger and slide it between the bottom case and the plastic frame to release it.

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Remove the 4.6 mm Phillip #1 screw.
  • Remove the 4.6 mm Phillip #1 screw.

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Using the wide end of the spudger, lift up the black connector holding the ribbon cable. Pull out the ribbon cable that goes across the top of hard drive. Fold over the ribbon cable to the left side of the hard drive.
  • Using the wide end of the spudger, lift up the black connector holding the ribbon cable.

  • Pull out the ribbon cable that goes across the top of hard drive.

  • Fold over the ribbon cable to the left side of the hard drive.

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Slightly lift up the hard drive using the black tab attached to the left side of the hard drive. Pull tab to the left to remove it.
  • Slightly lift up the hard drive using the black tab attached to the left side of the hard drive.

  • Pull tab to the left to remove it.

  • Be sure to not lift up hard drive to high because it could cause damage to the pins of the hard drive.

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Remove the two 3.6 mm screws on the side of the hard drive casing. Turn over and repeat step above.
  • Remove the two 3.6 mm screws on the side of the hard drive casing.

  • Turn over and repeat step above.

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Using the tab on the hard drive case, pull the case up and away from the hard drive to remove it. This may require some effort to remove the case. This may require some effort to remove the case.
  • Using the tab on the hard drive case, pull the case up and away from the hard drive to remove it.

  • This may require some effort to remove the case.

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Conclusion

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

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