Introduction

Hard drives store most of the information on a computer. The hard drive of a computer must be replaced if the computer crashes. Hard drive replacement is an important skill for desktop PC users.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.
  • Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.

  • These screws can be removed by hand.

This depends on the model of system. Some systems have a lever/latch to pull to release the cover. Many Dell and HP models use latches to open the covers (no tools required to open the system). Some systems need a screwdriver to remove the screws. Some are Phillips screws, others may be Torx.

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Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.
  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

  • If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.

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Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.
  • Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.

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Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.
  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

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Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding the hard drive in place.
  • Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding the hard drive in place.

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Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding in the other side of the hard drive.
  • Remove two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws holding in the other side of the hard drive.

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Slide the hard drive out from the metal casing.
  • Slide the hard drive out from the metal casing.

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Remove the cables from the back of the hard drive.
  • Remove the cables from the back of the hard drive.

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Conclusion

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

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