Introduction

Solid state drives contain no moving parts, unlike a hard drive, and can last for years. One might want to switch from a hard drive to a SSD or purchase a bigger storage SSD. This guide will walk you through replacing the SSD card inside the motherboard.

Turn the laptop over. Remove all nine 3mm screws on back panel with a Phillips Head 1 driver.
  • Turn the laptop over.

  • Remove all nine 3mm screws on back panel with a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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Pry off the four rubber bumpers, located at the top corners and center of the back panel, off with a pair of tweezers. Bumpers are delicate and can be easily ripped. Unscrew the four 3mm screws  under the bumpers using a Phillips Head 1 screwdriver.
  • Pry off the four rubber bumpers, located at the top corners and center of the back panel, off with a pair of tweezers.

  • Bumpers are delicate and can be easily ripped.

  • Unscrew the four 3mm screws under the bumpers using a Phillips Head 1 screwdriver.

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Flip the laptop right side up and open the clamshell. Starting at the bottom right corner, slide the opening tool into the crevice between the blue and silver panels.
  • Flip the laptop right side up and open the clamshell.

  • Starting at the bottom right corner, slide the opening tool into the crevice between the blue and silver panels.

  • Carefully pry the top casing up around the edges, moving counterclockwise.

  • Keep the tool steady throughout, as prying in a rough manner can break the casing.

  • You will hear audible clicking sounds as the clips connecting the two halves disconnect from each other.

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Close the laptop and orient it on its side (clamshell hinge up), carefully holding it steady to ensure its safety.
  • Close the laptop and orient it on its side (clamshell hinge up), carefully holding it steady to ensure its safety.

  • Insert the opening tool inside of the hinge and pry with an even amount of force to disconnect the keyboard panel from the fan grate.

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Reorient the laptop in an upright fashion and open the clamshell. If needed, continue to pry the silver keyboard panel from the rest of the hardware with minimal force. Slowly slide the silver keyboard panel towards you while lifting gently to separate the halves.
  • Reorient the laptop in an upright fashion and open the clamshell.

  • If needed, continue to pry the silver keyboard panel from the rest of the hardware with minimal force.

  • Slowly slide the silver keyboard panel towards you while lifting gently to separate the halves.

  • The panel is still connected by a series of delicate connectors glued to the mainframe, so do not pull the panel right off.

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While keeping silver keyboard panel hovering above the laptop, locate the touchpad connector ribbon attached to both the silver panel and motherboard. With your finger, flip up the white clasp that holds the connector, releasing the connector ribbon. Unpeel the connector ribbon from its position on the motherboard.
  • While keeping silver keyboard panel hovering above the laptop, locate the touchpad connector ribbon attached to both the silver panel and motherboard.

  • With your finger, flip up the white clasp that holds the connector, releasing the connector ribbon.

  • Unpeel the connector ribbon from its position on the motherboard.

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With your finger, flip up the white clasp that connects the larger keyboard connector to the motherboard, releasing the connector ribbon. Gently pull the connector ribbon from the clasp. Gently pull the connector ribbon from the clasp.
  • With your finger, flip up the white clasp that connects the larger keyboard connector to the motherboard, releasing the connector ribbon.

  • Gently pull the connector ribbon from the clasp.

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Lift the keyboard panel up and away from the CPU, completely revealing the mainframe.
  • Lift the keyboard panel up and away from the CPU, completely revealing the mainframe.

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With the internal hardware exposed, disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.
  • With the internal hardware exposed, disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.

  • If tightly fastened, gently wiggle the plug out of the jack.

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Remove the three 4mm screws around the perimeter of the battery pack with a Phillips Head 1 screwdriver.
  • Remove the three 4mm screws around the perimeter of the battery pack with a Phillips Head 1 screwdriver.

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Flip up the two white clasps that hold the connector ribbon to the battery to release the ribbon. Remove the 'motherboard to USB board' connector ribbon from its place. Remove the 'motherboard to USB board' connector ribbon from its place.
  • Flip up the two white clasps that hold the connector ribbon to the battery to release the ribbon.

  • Remove the 'motherboard to USB board' connector ribbon from its place.

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Detach the speaker cable from its fastener on the motherboard by pulling it out with your fingers or using a spudger.
  • Detach the speaker cable from its fastener on the motherboard by pulling it out with your fingers or using a spudger.

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Using your fingers, gently pry out the two L-shaped speaker panels from between the external casing and battery pack. Be sure to apply an evenly distributed upwards force on the speaker when lifting it out Both speaker components (located adjacent to each other) will remain connected by a red cable after removal
  • Using your fingers, gently pry out the two L-shaped speaker panels from between the external casing and battery pack.

  • Be sure to apply an evenly distributed upwards force on the speaker when lifting it out

  • Both speaker components (located adjacent to each other) will remain connected by a red cable after removal

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Lift out battery pack.
  • Lift out battery pack.

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Remove the two Wi-Fi antenna cables that are attached to the Wi-Fi card by pulling them up. Remove the two Wi-Fi antenna cables that are attached to the Wi-Fi card by pulling them up.
  • Remove the two Wi-Fi antenna cables that are attached to the Wi-Fi card by pulling them up.

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Using your fingers, pull the cooling fan cable from its fastener on the motherboard
  • Using your fingers, pull the cooling fan cable from its fastener on the motherboard

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Remove the 3mm screw that holds down the Wifi mini-PCI card using a Phillips Head 1 driver.
  • Remove the 3mm screw that holds down the Wifi mini-PCI card using a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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Remove the three 3mm screws that hold the cooling fan in place using a Phillips Head 1 driver.
  • Remove the three 3mm screws that hold the cooling fan in place using a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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In the upper right hand corner of the device, remove the 6mm screw holding the PCB board in place by using a Phillips Head 1.
  • In the upper right hand corner of the device, remove the 6mm screw holding the PCB board in place by using a Phillips Head 1.

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Remove the three 3mm screws from the surface of the motherboard using a Phillips Head 1. Remove the three 3mm screws from the surface of the motherboard using a Phillips Head 1. Remove the three 3mm screws from the surface of the motherboard using a Phillips Head 1.
  • Remove the three 3mm screws from the surface of the motherboard using a Phillips Head 1.

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Carefully lift the motherboard up towards the screen as if it was hinged on one side. To prevent possible scratching, cover the screen with a cloth.
  • Carefully lift the motherboard up towards the screen as if it was hinged on one side.

  • To prevent possible scratching, cover the screen with a cloth.

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Remove the 3mm screw located directly above the NGFF SSD card using a Phillips Head 1 driver.
  • Remove the 3mm screw located directly above the NGFF SSD card using a Phillips Head 1 driver.

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Pull the SSD card up and out using your fingers. Do not use tweezers or any other metal tool to extract the card, as it is fragile.
  • Pull the SSD card up and out using your fingers.

  • Do not use tweezers or any other metal tool to extract the card, as it is fragile.

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Conclusion

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

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