Introduction

Removing the hard drive is required when the drive will no longer boot or when you want to upgrade to a larger capacity drive. This task can seem difficult, but is not as bad as you may think! Using a magnetic project mat to hold and label the screws will come in handy during this replacement.

CAUTION: Always unplug the device from the power source or wall outlet before beginning any replacement work.

Image 1/1: The battery may be warm or even HOT to the touch.
  • Make sure the laptop is powered OFF. Gently turn the laptop over and place it on a flat surface.

  • The battery may be warm or even HOT to the touch.

  • Locate the battery EJECT latch.

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Image 1/2: The battery will be lifted out of the laptop slightly as you press the latch over as far as it will go. Image 2/2: When replacing the battery, you '''DO NOT''' need to adjust the latch. Once the battery is replaced, snap it into place and the latch will return to normal.
  • Grab the laptop firmly on the side and using your thumb, press the eject latch towards the OUTER edge of the device.

  • The battery will be lifted out of the laptop slightly as you press the latch over as far as it will go.

  • When replacing the battery, you DO NOT need to adjust the latch. Once the battery is replaced, snap it into place and the latch will return to normal.

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Image 1/2: Once the battery is out, you will be able to check the battery label for the replacement part number. Image 2/2: The part number is needed when purchasing a new battery.
  • Pull the battery up and towards you to remove it from the laptop chassis.

  • Once the battery is out, you will be able to check the battery label for the replacement part number.

  • The part number is needed when purchasing a new battery.

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Image 1/3: Lift the access cover off and place it to the side out of your way. Image 2/3: Lift the access cover off and place it to the side out of your way. Image 3/3: Lift the access cover off and place it to the side out of your way.
  • Remove the two Phillips #0, 2.0×5.0 mm hard drive access cover screws. Do not remove them fully. The screws will stay in place on the cover plate.

  • Lift the access cover off and place it to the side out of your way.

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Image 1/3: Pull the silver tab back and up to remove the hard drive from the laptop. Image 2/3: Pull the silver tab back and up to remove the hard drive from the laptop. Image 3/3: Pull the silver tab back and up to remove the hard drive from the laptop.
  • Remove the two Philips #0 2.5X5.0 mm screws and set them aside.

  • Pull the silver tab back and up to remove the hard drive from the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Gently pull the hard drive away from the edge in the direction of the arrow. Image 2/2: There are two plastic clips on the hard drive case that insert into the laptop that may break if you lift the hard drive up too far and too fast.
  • Lift the hard drive up from the laptop. Be careful not to left it all the way.

  • Gently pull the hard drive away from the edge in the direction of the arrow.

  • There are two plastic clips on the hard drive case that insert into the laptop that may break if you lift the hard drive up too far and too fast.

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  • Check the hard drive connections inside the laptop casing. Make sure that they are clean from dust or debris and are straight.

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Conclusion

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

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