Parts

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Image 1/2: The left clip stays, the right clip is spring loaded.
  • With the battery towards you, slide the locking clips out.

    • The left clip stays, the right clip is spring loaded.

  • Slide the battery towards you.

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Image 1/2: Gently press in the four retaining tabs along the top of the keyboard with a spudger, one at a time.
  • Flip the laptop right side up. Open the laptop.

  • Gently press in the four retaining tabs along the top of the keyboard with a spudger, one at a time.

    • After the first tab is released, gently lift up on the keyboard so it doesn't lock again. Finish the other three tabs while gently lifting up on the keyboard. The keyboard will hinge up along the bottom.

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Image 1/3: Lift the cable up and out.
  • Gently flip the data cable latch away from the data cable with flat side of spudger.

  • Lift the cable up and out.

  • When reinstalling cable, there are two retainer wings on the sides of the cable that the cable that lock onto the bottom of the cable latch area. When these are in place the cable is properly inserted.

  • For removing the optical drive you don't need to disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable.

What do I do is i broke the cable retainer wings and the black thing?

Wezley Joao Ferreira - Reply

If the connector on the motherboard is still attached and only the clip is broken you can try and find a new clip, or perhaps tape the keyboard in place with electrical tape.

Tyler - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the 11 screws holding the upper case to the lower case.
  • Close the lid, flip the laptop bottom side up with the battery at the top.

  • Remove the 11 screws holding the upper case to the lower case.

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Image 1/1: Remove the two screws from the upper case.
  • Flip the laptop over and open the lid.

  • Remove the two screws from the upper case.

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Image 1/3: You lift up on the dark gray latch.
  • Gently unplug the power cable.

    • You lift up on the dark gray latch.

    • Pull the blue ribbon up.

  • Gently unplug the touchpad cable.

    • Lift up on the dark gray latch.

    • Pull the blue ribbon up

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Image 1/1: Work your way around the perimeter of the upper case.
  • Grab the metal frame of the upper case and gently pull it away from the lower case. Disconnect the cable that says MB before removing the palmrest.

  • Work your way around the perimeter of the upper case.

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Image 1/1: Remove the two hard drive screws from the bottom case.
  • Close the lid, flip the laptop over with the bottom side up and the battery at the top.

  • Remove the two hard drive screws from the bottom case.

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Image 1/1: Locate hard drive
  • Flip the laptop right side up and open the lid.

  • Locate hard drive

  • When looking at the laptop, slide the hard drive to the right. This will disconnect it from the connector on the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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6 Comments

Awesome guide! Thank you so much for posting this.

Chris Baines - Reply

My issue was that hard drive slipped out of it connector. Snapped it back in. Works! Thanks for great instructions.

Joe B - Reply

Thanks for your help - now reformattting in a different laptop

rosen220462 - Reply

I've replaced my drive as described above.

Can anyone tell me what comes next?

*I turned it on, got dialog on the drive recognized, but I couldn't get it started.

I did try the dell drivers & utilities that came with it with no luck.

I looked into the options under F2, F8 & F12.

No luck there.

I'm still digging through e-how links.

Sage - Reply

A new hard drive normally doesn't have Windows installed on it. Hopefully you have created the dell recovery dvds when you first obtained the laptop. If you don't have that you can try and download the dvd image from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-....

Tyler -

I have model N4050, so slightly different positions for screw and HDD but, success! New SSD, clone of system, in place and working fine! Thank you very much for the nice work!

Milton - Reply

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