Introduction

The HP TouchSmart 15-r015dx has a 500 GB hard drive.

Turn off your laptop.
  • Turn off your laptop.

  • Ensure your laptop is off. Removing the battery while it is on may harm your laptop.

  • Flip upside down in order to access the battery.

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There are two battery release switches located under the battery.
  • There are two battery release switches located under the battery.

  • Slide both switches inward to release the battery.

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  • Remove the battery.

  • The release switches may need to be pushed inward while removing the battery.

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  • Turn off your laptop.

  • Ensure your laptop is off. Removing the DVD±RW Drive while it is on may harm your laptop.

  • Flip upside down in order to access the DVD±RW Drive.

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  • There is 1 (one) screw holding the DVD±RW Drive in place.

  • Use your screwdriver to remove the screw.

  • Be careful not to lose the screw.

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  • The DVD±RW Drive is here.

  • Remove the DVD±RW Drive by gently pulling it straight out.

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  • Turn off your laptop.

  • Ensure your laptop is off. Removing the keyboard while it is on may harm your laptop.

  • Flip upside down in order to release the keyboard.

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  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the keyboard.

    • One of the screws lies on/under the label.

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  • Flip the laptop back over and pull the screen up.

  • There are 16 (sixteen) latches holding the keyboard in place.

  • Gently pry the keyboard up using your plastic opening tool.

  • Don't pull the keyboard up more than 2-3 inches as there is a film-material connecting the keyboard to the laptop.

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  • There is a film-material connecting the laptop to the keyboard.

  • There is a small black latch holding the film-material in place.

  • Flip the black latch up to release the film-material.

  • Once flipped up, simply pull the film-material out from the laptop to release the keyboard.

I used this guide to upgrade the memory on an HP 15-r011dx, and found that the keyboard ribbon is very finicky. In fact, the first time I put the PC back together, many of the keys on the keyboard didn’t work! Two more tries did the trick. I finally realized that the teeny, tiny teeth on the ribbon must be carefully threaded into the connector (i.e., lined up exactly in each tiny track) in order for the keyboard to work. I usually work on Macs and have never encountered this issue before now, but next time I take apart this, or any other PC laptop, I’ll know this is a quirk.

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  • Close and flip your laptop over to access the screws.

  • Ensure your laptop is off and the battery removed. Removing the hard drive with the laptop on will harm your computer.

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  • Unscrew all the screws.

  • There are 2 screws underneath the covers that need to be unscrewed.

  • Our DVD±RW Drive is still inside, but yours should already be removed.

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  • Flip your laptop over and open it.

  • There are 4 screws needing to be unscrewed.

  • There are 2 wires that need to be unplugged before removing the base of the laptop.

  • There are 2 more screws where the DVD±RW Drive was.

The 2 DVD screws are on the underside of the laptop (you need to turn it over) - Not visible where the keyboard was.

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  • Use your plastic opening tool to pry the base of the laptop off.

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  • There are 2 screws holding the hard drive in place.

  • Use your screwdriver to unscrew the screws.

  • Remove the hard drive by pulling it to the right like shown.

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Conclusion

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

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Two things to add:

1. The two screws hidden under the DVD drive on the edge of the case must be removed.

2. It's easier to unlatch the ribbons for the keyboard, trackpad, and power button than it is to try and work around them. There are holes in the laptop base right over the ribbon connectors, so it's easy to re-connect them.

nullisland - Reply

I don't have the screws that hold the hard drive in place. Is there any way to get them seperatly?

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