Introduction

A good hard drive is essential to an optimally performing computer. If your computer is slowing down, a new hard drive may be exactly what your device needs to start functioning at its maximum potential.

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Flip the device over and locate the battery compartment.
  • Flip the device over and locate the battery compartment.

  • Slide the battery release latch, which you can see in the picture, to the left until the battery is detached from its slot.

  • A distinguishable pop will be heard when the battery is fully released.

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Slowly pull the battery out of its slot, being careful not to damage any of the connectors in the process.
  • Slowly pull the battery out of its slot, being careful not to damage any of the connectors in the process.

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  • Locate the Phillips head screw securing the RAM compartment cover.

  • Loosen the screw that is securing the RAM compartment with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • The screw is permanently attached to the RAM compartment cover. Do not try to remove it completely.

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  • Once the screw is sufficiently loosened, slowly unclip the RAM compartment cover from its slots in the plastic chassis.

  • When unclipped completely, pull the compartment door out and away from the chassis.

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  • Locate the two Phillips head screws that are securing the hard drive compartment.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, loosen both screws.

  • The screws are permanently attached to the hard drive compartment cover. Do not try to remove them completely.

  • Once the screws are sufficiently loosened, disconnect the clips holding the cover in place and slowly pull the cover away from the plastic chassis.

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  • Locate the hard drive connecting cable to the right of hard drive.

  • Using a spudger, disconnect the hard drive connecting cable. Use a slow, prying motion as if pulling a nail out of wood.

  • Be very gentle with the connecting cable and its respective port on the logic board. Both are very fragile and can be easily damaged.

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  • Using your fingers, grab the blue tab on the right side of the hard drive and slowly pull upwards.

  • Lift the hard drive out and away from its socket in the plastic chassis.

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Conclusion

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

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