Introduction

If your GoPro seems to have trouble saving videos and pictures, chances are that it is time for a new microSD and expansion port assembly to be installed in your GoPro.

Push the tab on the back of the device left to remove the plate covering the battery. Push the tab on the back of the device left to remove the plate covering the battery.
  • Push the tab on the back of the device left to remove the plate covering the battery.

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Use the strip of tape on the battery to remove the battery from the housing.
  • Use the strip of tape on the battery to remove the battery from the housing.

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Insert a plastic opening tool in between the front face plate and the black housing.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool in between the front face plate and the black housing.

  • Make sure you insert the plastic opening tool next to the microSD card slot. There is a small gap that will help separate the face plate.

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Continue to use the plastic opening tool and separate the front face plate from the rest of the device.
  • Continue to use the plastic opening tool and separate the front face plate from the rest of the device.

  • There is adhesive that helps attach the front face plate. Some extra prying may be required to separate the face plate, but do not use excessive force.

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Locate the four 8.1mm PH00 screws on the corners of the GoPro and unscrew them using the phillips screwdriver. Gently remove the motherboard by using a plastic opening tool to pry it out of the housing. Be careful not to damage the ribbon cable connected to the GoPro housing and motherboard.
  • Locate the four 8.1mm PH00 screws on the corners of the GoPro and unscrew them using the phillips screwdriver.

  • Gently remove the motherboard by using a plastic opening tool to pry it out of the housing.

  • Be careful not to damage the ribbon cable connected to the GoPro housing and motherboard.

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Remove the ribbon cable by carefully flipping the black clip up with the plastic opening tool and pulling the cable out. Remove the ribbon cable by carefully flipping the black clip up with the plastic opening tool and pulling the cable out.
  • Remove the ribbon cable by carefully flipping the black clip up with the plastic opening tool and pulling the cable out.

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Remove the four 4mm PH00 screws attaching the image sensor to the motherboard with your screwdriver.
  • Remove the four 4mm PH00 screws attaching the image sensor to the motherboard with your screwdriver.

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Pry off the last ribbon cable with a plastic opening tool. Remove the image sensor from the motherboard.
  • Pry off the last ribbon cable with a plastic opening tool.

  • Remove the image sensor from the motherboard.

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Using your screwdriver, unscrew three 4mm PH00 screws that will free the metal plate.
  • Using your screwdriver, unscrew three 4mm PH00 screws that will free the metal plate.

  • A small plate will become separated when the rightmost screw is removed. Just place it to the side.

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Use the plastic opening tool to pry off the referenced ribbon cable from the motherboard. The microSD and Accessory Board is now ready for removal.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry off the referenced ribbon cable from the motherboard.

  • The microSD and Accessory Board is now ready for removal.

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Conclusion

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

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Blake Ehlers

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Blake: Thanks for this guide. Before I start, I was curious if after doing this you think I will be able to extract a broken Micro SD card from this location? I am not sure how it happened but as I was removing my waterproof case from my GoPro, my MicroSD snapped in half and half of it is stuck in the memory card location you so clearly have showed to remove. Just asking because before I go on this adventure, I wanted your advice if this will even solve my problem. Thanks for the help.

-DJ

dhruv jyoti - Reply

DJ: I would highly recommend taking apart your go pro with ifixit tools. Little holes are on the micro sd card slot holder which may allow you to remove your broken sd card without damaging your camera. I would not worry about damaging your camera from taking it apart as it is very easy to dismember and handle for an electronic device and reassembly was pretty easy as well. Worst case it is worth the shot to try and save yourself a few bucks and not have to buy a new camera.

Blake Ehlers -

DJ: I just removed a half-broken SD Card from the slot using this guide. It requires a pin or some fine pitch tweezers. You will have to get to the last step of this guide to get the micro SD assembly removed from your camera. Then, there is a metal tab (hook shaped) protruding from the side of the micro SD connector you have to gently pull it out of the way (from outside the micro SD connector). Then, you can insert a safety-pin or tweezers from the outside (right side of the connector) and pull out the broken card. Sounds confusing but cannot upload images here.

Also, note that if your card is locked inside the connector and you cannot remove it, you will have to eject it first from the slot to get it out a few mm.

[WARNING!!! - Follow at your own risk] Insert a new SD card and try to gently push the broken SD card inside. What it will do is unlock the broken card and eject it out a few mm.

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