Introduction

This guide will inform you how to remove and replace the hard drive in your Dell Inspiron m5030.

Remove the fourteen 7/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.
  • Remove the fourteen 7/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.

  • Remove the two 5/16" screws from the bottom of the laptop using a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.

If you are removing only the keyboard, you only need to remove two screws.

1 - Remove the screw to the immediate right of the INSPIRON M5030 label.

2 - To the top left of the INSPIRON M5030 label, there are two screws. Remove the left one.

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I marked the two screw locations with green, for clarification.

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Turn the laptop over and open the lid.
  • Turn the laptop over and open the lid.

  • Locate the three tabs just above the top row of keys on the keyboard (above the F1, F6, and PrntScr keys).

  • Push the leftmost tab down with the plastic opening tool, while lifting the left side of the keyboard with your other hand.

  • While continuing to lift the left side of the keyboard, push the other two tabs down, moving from left to right. This should loosen the keyboard.

for your last bullet, maybe clarify saying "push the next to tabs with the plastic opening tool…"

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  • Once the top edge of the keyboard is loose, gently pull up on the keyboard.

  • Do not pull the keyboard forcefully; it is still attached to the laptop by a ribbon

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  • Locate the blue end of the ribbon seated in the connector on the motherboard.

  • Lift up the black flap on the connector and gently pull the ribbon away from the connector parallel to the motherboard.

  • Lift the keyboard up and off of the motherboard, detaching the blue end of the ribbon from the connector.

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  • Disconnect the blue tab located just above the touch pad of the laptop.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the plastic covering of the laptop by wedging it underneath one side of the covering and lifting up.

  • Be careful not to lift off the cover all the way; it is still connected by two wires on the side nearest to the screen.

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  • Disconnect the white block of wires (the right-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop).

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  • Disconnect the wire with the blue tab (the left-most wire connecting the covering to the laptop). You can now remove the plastic covering.

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  • Locate the hard drive in the bottom right-hand corner of the laptop.

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  • Slide the hard drive toward the right side of the laptop to remove it.

  • That's it!

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Conclusion

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

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Thanks for this guide! It was a snap to get the computer apart and back together again.

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