Introduction

This guide is helpful if you have something wrong with your hard drive and you need to replace it.

Make sure your laptop is powered off. With laptop closed flip to look at the underside of the laptop.
  • Make sure your laptop is powered off.

  • With laptop closed flip to look at the underside of the laptop.

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On the underside of the laptop towards the hinge for the screen there are two rectangular slide switches located inside of rectangular tracks.
  • On the underside of the laptop towards the hinge for the screen there are two rectangular slide switches located inside of rectangular tracks.

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The left switch is the battery unlock switch. Inside the rectangular track of this switch there is an image of a closed lock that should be visible. Push this switch to the other end of the track and an image of an open lock should be visible.
  • The left switch is the battery unlock switch.

  • Inside the rectangular track of this switch there is an image of a closed lock that should be visible. Push this switch to the other end of the track and an image of an open lock should be visible.

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Then take and slide the other switch to the other end of its track which will pop out the battery.
  • Then take and slide the other switch to the other end of its track which will pop out the battery.

  • Grab the battery and pull it out of the slot.

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Remove the 4mm Phillips #1 screw located towards the middle of the laptop slightly towards the right with the picture of the CD next to it.
  • Remove the 4mm Phillips #1 screw located towards the middle of the laptop slightly towards the right with the picture of the CD next to it.

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Slide the disc tray out of the its slot. Slide the disc tray out of the its slot.
  • Slide the disc tray out of the its slot.

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Next locate and unscrew the two 4mm Phllips #1 screws with the keyboard symbol located towards the middle and top of the bottom of the laptop. Next locate and unscrew the two 4mm Phllips #1 screws with the keyboard symbol located towards the middle and top of the bottom of the laptop.
  • Next locate and unscrew the two 4mm Phllips #1 screws with the keyboard symbol located towards the middle and top of the bottom of the laptop.

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Next turn the laptop over and flip open the screen. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the keyboard upwards from the bottom right hand corner of the keyboard. Use another plastic opening tool with the first plastic opening tool you placed to undo every plastic clasp surrounding the keyboard.
  • Next turn the laptop over and flip open the screen.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the keyboard upwards from the bottom right hand corner of the keyboard.

  • Use another plastic opening tool with the first plastic opening tool you placed to undo every plastic clasp surrounding the keyboard.

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Next lift up the keyboard gently and use the plastic opening tool to undo the ribbon wire by unclasping the  ZIF (zero insertion force) connector to the laptop. Gently slide the ribbon wire out of its slot. Gently slide the ribbon wire out of its slot.
  • Next lift up the keyboard gently and use the plastic opening tool to undo the ribbon wire by unclasping the ZIF (zero insertion force) connector to the laptop.

  • Gently slide the ribbon wire out of its slot.

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After removing the keyboard close the laptop and flip it over. Using a spudger to remove the rubber bumpers located at the top left and top right of the laptop.
  • After removing the keyboard close the laptop and flip it over.

  • Using a spudger to remove the rubber bumpers located at the top left and top right of the laptop.

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Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws located under the rubber bumpers. Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws located under the rubber bumpers.
  • Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws located under the rubber bumpers.

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Now remove both corner pieces  by sliding them away from the laptop and pulling upwards.
  • Now remove both corner pieces by sliding them away from the laptop and pulling upwards.

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Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws located where you pulled the disk tray out of.
  • Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws located where you pulled the disk tray out of.

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Now flip the laptop back over and open the screen. Remove the four 4mm Phllips #1 screws.
  • Now flip the laptop back over and open the screen. Remove the four 4mm Phllips #1 screws.

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Using the plastic opening tool you will need to remove two pieces of tape. Using the plastic opening tool you will need to remove two pieces of tape.
  • Using the plastic opening tool you will need to remove two pieces of tape.

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Using the plastic opening tool detach both ribbon cables by disconnecting both  ZIF (zero insertion force) connectors on the ends. Using the plastic opening tool detach both ribbon cables by disconnecting both  ZIF (zero insertion force) connectors on the ends.
  • Using the plastic opening tool detach both ribbon cables by disconnecting both ZIF (zero insertion force) connectors on the ends.

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Now peel back the glued longer ribbon cable gently. Ribbon wire is very fragile be sure not to rip it.
  • Now peel back the glued longer ribbon cable gently.

    • Ribbon wire is very fragile be sure not to rip it.

You have to peel off the red cover carefully here

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Now you can see the hard drive. Remove the two 4 mm Phllips #1 screws.
  • Now you can see the hard drive.

  • Remove the two 4 mm Phllips #1 screws.

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Now pull the bracket where the screws where to right as you lift up the hard drive. It will disconnect from the motherboard as shown.
  • Now pull the bracket where the screws where to right as you lift up the hard drive.

  • It will disconnect from the motherboard as shown.

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Conclusion

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

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