Introduction

The hard drive is where a computer permanently stores information, making it very important. A broken or damaged hard drive must be replaced to restore proper functioning.

Image 1/1: Remove the two 4.3 mm Phillips #0 screws from the upper corners of the case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.
  • Remove the middle two 9.5 mm Phillips #0 screws from the top edge and the one 9.5 mm Phillips #0 screw from the right edge of the computer case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the two 4.3 mm Phillips #0 screws from the upper corners of the case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the one 17.5 mm Phillips #0 screw from the left edge of the case using the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the three 17.1 mm Phillips #0 screws from the bottom edge of the case with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

screw assignments are definitely wrong. I swapped the red and the green, as per comment above, and kept the blue as-is.

jasonbuechler - Reply

jason is right

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  • Use the plastic opening tool to separate the keyboard plate cover from the bottom cover. In order to do this, insert the plastic opening tool in between the keyboard plate cover and the bottom cover, then slide along edges to pry open.

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  • Locate the three ribbons connecting the keyboard plate cover to the bottom cover.

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Image 1/3: Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon. Image 2/3: Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon. Image 3/3: Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon.
  • Invert the laptop in order to gain access to the ribbons.

  • Remove each ribbon by flipping the small white plastic flap up and gently pulling on the ribbon.

Don't remove the ribbons, just move the keyboard slightly forward to remove the old battery and insert the new one (just make sure they are all connected when you put it back)

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  • Now that the ribbons have been detached from the bottom cover, carefully remove the keyboard plate cover. Once it has been removed, place it in a safe and moisture free area so it does not get damaged.

Is painting your nails crucial for step 5?

wiedzmin - Reply

Yes and you have to put lotion on

joemidjette - Reply

Now, that is a stupid question! Of course! As I am working on 551M, I naturally have to have nails painted orange, with blue accents!

gregtokarski -

that boy ain't right

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  • Unscrew the three 5.5 mm Phillips #0 screws with the Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

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  • Once the screws have been removed, place your fingers on the left corners and push the hard drive towards the right edge of the laptop (relative to the picture).

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  • Once it is free, remove the hard drive from its internal cavity.

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Conclusion

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

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You mixed up the red and green screws, sizes are wrong.

The red screws are 9.5 not 14.3!

the yellow screws are 4.3 (mixed up with 14.3 ?) not 9.5 !

You do NOT need to remove the ribbons, just use a small screwdriver.

Tony - Reply

Excellent work !

Drew Lawrence - Reply

Same issue as Tony on 09/03/2014

The screw sizings are mixed up. The red screws are 9.5, not 14.3

The yellow screws are 14.3 not 9.5. Please fix the repair guide text

Mevlan Coma - Reply

It should be fixed now! Thanks to both of you for the tip. By the way, you can always edit the text yourself. ;)

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