Introduction

If your computer is starting to slow down, freeze frequently, or display the blue screen of death then your hard drive may be failing. If your hard drive hasn't completely crashed yet then be sure to backup your precious data BEFORE replacing your hard drive.

Image 1/2: Use a #0 Phillips screw driver to remove the 1.1cm screws from the outer case (4 screws). Image 2/2: Use a #0 Phillips screw driver to remove the 1.1cm screws from the outer case (4 screws).
  • Use a #0 Phillips screw driver to remove the 90mm screws from the outer case (6 screws).

  • Use a #0 Phillips screw driver to remove the 1.1cm screws from the outer case (4 screws).

Screws are 9mm instead of 90mm.

Also the 2 screws in the back corner (screen attachement side) have a slighlty bigger diameter (9mm in length as well) so they are not to be mixed with others 9mm lenght screws.

Laurent Potterat - Reply

thank you, thank you for your comment. It's the only place on the entire www that makes that clarification.

river2438 -

Image 1/1: Start by prying on the front of the laptop.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to separate the keyboard from the bottom cover.

  • Start by prying on the front of the laptop.

  • Continue prying around the cover and end just under the screen to release the front cover.

  • The keyboard assembly is not fully released until steps three and four are complete.

On my X555LA there seems to be a center snap or two that won't release. Edges are all free on all sides, but somewhere in the middle it's tied down with no give.

tmaccabe - Reply

It finally came loose, after one of two center snaps broke. It seems you are supposed to push the bezel slightly back towards screen as you start to lift it. Lift it too much at first, and they catch vigorously.

tmaccabe -

Yes I encountered this problem as well, there are 2 very annoying clips at the center of the keyboard, a little force will be required to release them.

Nathan Early - Reply

Image 1/1: This will release the lock
  • Flip up the small white tab with the plastic opening tool.

  • This will release the lock

  • Gently remove the white ribbon cable.

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Image 1/1: Gently remove the black and blue ribbon cable.
  • Flip up the gray tab with the plastic opening tool to release the lock.

  • Gently remove the black and blue ribbon cable.

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  • You can now fully remove the keyboard and front panel to gain access to the inside of the laptop.

front panel and keyboard is saprate item ?

or

single item

deepak diggekar - Reply

prise this keyboard

deepak diggekar - Reply

is pune india avalable

deepak diggekar - Reply

And how do you replace the actual keyboard - that's the key point missing here!

Darren Wogan - Reply

Image 1/3: Gently slide ribbon cable out while gray tab is flipped up. Image 2/3: If glued, go ahead and peel ribbon from hard drive. Image 3/3: If glued, go ahead and peel ribbon from hard drive.
  • Release the ribbon cables using the plastic opening tool to flip the gray tab on the white connector.

  • Gently slide ribbon cable out while gray tab is flipped up.

  • If glued, go ahead and peel ribbon from hard drive.

do u have a spare ribbon cable? i badly need it tnx

arnold escabillas - Reply

or where to buy it?

arnold escabillas - Reply

Image 1/2: Remove USB and headphone port using the plastic opening tool. Image 2/2: Remove USB and headphone port using the plastic opening tool.
  • Unscrew the one black 50 mm screw from USB and headphone port using a #0 Phillips screw driver.

  • Remove USB and headphone port using the plastic opening tool.

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Image 1/2: Lift hard drive out of device. Image 2/2: Lift hard drive out of device.
  • Unscrew the two black 50 mm screws located in each corner of the hard drive using a #0 Phillips screw driver.

  • Lift hard drive out of device.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew one black 50 mm screw from hard drive controller PCB using a #0 Phillips screwdriver. Image 2/3: Remove hard drive controller. Image 3/3: Remove hard drive controller.
  • Disconnect power connector with a plastic opening tool.

  • Unscrew one black 50 mm screw from hard drive controller PCB using a #0 Phillips screwdriver.

  • Remove hard drive controller.

Why is it necessary to remove the HDD controller? this step seems useless to me when exchanging only the HDD.

Laurent Potterat - Reply

can the hard drive controller be changed someway?? without using salvage parts from the same model??? the laptop im fixing seems to be having an issue with this particular part (the laptop bsod something like dlfs.sys ). so, the hdd has been changed with a brand new seagate sshd. the problem still persist. what to do now????? the warranty is over now so that not even an option, although this has been brought to an authorized asus service center(bcoz there are no asus centers in my country wtf), they told me that the problem is really on the hdd. but i doubt it

Cheej Guitarte - Reply

Image 1/3: Remove case from hard drive. Image 2/3: Peel the three foam contact strips up slowly to ensure foam doesn't tear. Image 3/3: Peel the three foam contact strips up slowly to ensure foam doesn't tear.
  • Unscrew the four black 30 mm screws from hard drive enclosure using a #0 Phillips screwdriver.

  • Remove case from hard drive.

  • Peel the three foam contact strips up slowly to ensure foam doesn't tear.

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Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

hi. i have the same laptop. the laptop bsod on me after i used it for a good 6 months. suddenly, when i start the laptop, it always boots me to the bios, the hard drive is change because i thought it is the problem (i just followed the solutions online which is a lot regarding the issue). my suspection is the hard drive connector to the motherboard pcb. is there any way i can replace with or where can i buy replacements for this same part? please help i really need the laptop for my school needs, and sorry for the bad english

Cheej Guitarte - Reply

I had the same problem. Sorry but its also too expensive to repair and the repair doesnt solve problem %100

AYG -

Im having the same issue. My HDD fails to start when my hand is over the hdd connector (just slight pressure). Any solutions?

ieg -

Great guide, thanks a lot. One thing to note, I found it wasn't necessary to remove the whole hard drive controller just to replace the HD. I was able to just remove the audio port board and then slide the drive away from the controller.

Thanks again!

partsorder - Reply

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