Introduction

Replacing your optical drive is not a complex process. Follow this guide to learn how!

Image 1/1: Removing the battery while the laptop is still on may corrupt your files.
  • Ensure your computer is shut down.

  • Removing the battery while the laptop is still on may corrupt your files.

  • Remove any power adapters and cords connected to the laptop body.

  • Turn the computer over so the bottom is facing up.

  • These pictures show no battery, but your battery should still be in your computer at this point.

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Image 1/1: Slide the switch to the right until the release clicks.
  • The battery release is below the bottom right corner of the battery bay.

  • Slide the switch to the right until the release clicks.

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Image 1/1: The release switch may need to be held down while removing the battery.
  • Remove the battery.

  • The release switch may need to be held down while removing the battery.

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Image 1/2: Remove the CMOS panel cover. Image 2/2: Remove the CMOS panel cover.
  • Locate two 3mm Phillips screws on the CMOS panel cover and remove them with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the CMOS panel cover.

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Image 1/3: Using your hands, slide the remainder of the drive out of the computer. Image 2/3: Using your hands, slide the remainder of the drive out of the computer. Image 3/3: Using your hands, slide the remainder of the drive out of the computer.
  • The optical drive is now ready for removal. Using a plastic removal tool, lift the optical drive away from your computer.

  • Using your hands, slide the remainder of the drive out of the computer.

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Conclusion

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

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