Introduction

Use this guide to replace your hard drive. If you have determined that your hard drive is not working or if you want a hard drive with more storage space, it may be time to replace it.

Power off the device before beginning disassembly. Disconnect all external devices.
  • Power off the device before beginning disassembly. Disconnect all external devices.

  • Flip the device on its back.

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Unscrew and remove the one 7.5 mm Phillips-head screw using Phillips #1 screwdriver.
  • Unscrew and remove the one 7.5 mm Phillips-head screw using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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  • Unscrew twelve 6.0 mm Phillips-head screws using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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  • Use the plastic opening tool (which is short and has a thin end for prying open device parts) to pry open the back case of the device.

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  • Once the device is open, move the ribbon cable to the side.

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  • Use the flat end of a plastic spudger to disconnect the battery cable from its socket in the motherboard.

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  • Unscrew and remove the three 4.0 mm Phillips-head screws that hold the battery in place, using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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  • Lift the battery up and remove.

  • Removing the battery can dislodge the touchpad bracket. Place the battery carefully over the alignment pins.

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  • Remove the four 4.0 mm screws that hold down the hard drive case using a Philips #1 Screwdriver.

  • Move the hard drive case and hard drive so that you can easily reach the hard drive cable.

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  • Use the plastic spudger tool to loosen the hard drive SATA cable connection by pushing it away from the motherboard.

  • Once it is loose, pull the hard drive out of the socket.

  • Remove the hard drive from the device.

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  • Pull out the hard drive cable from the hard drive, and set it aside.

  • Remove the four 3.0 mm screws that attach the hard drive case to the hard drive using a Philips #1 Screwdriver. If the screwdriver is too big, try #0 sized screwdriver.

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  • Remove the hard drive from the hard drive case.

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Conclusion

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

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