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Introduction

The hard drive is likely to malfunction when dropped or put under a lot of stress. If the computer won't boot and is having hard disk/hard drive reading errors, follow this guide to replace it.

  1. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Turn off the computer.

    • Disconnect the charging cable from the computer.

    • Failure to unplug the cable could result in electric shock.

    • Flip the computer upside down.

  2. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Locate the two switches that lock the battery. Push the right-hand switch outward into the "unlocked" position.

  3. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Push and hold the left hand switch outward in the "unlocked" position, then gently slide the battery away from the computer.

  4. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement, Back Panel: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the seven 5.3 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the back panel in place.

    a few of my screws are not coming out

    Jonathan Lewin - Reply

    Same here. I was able to easily remove the 2 middle screws but the rest were just wiggling in place and not coming out at all.

    Denskwik K - Reply

    I have the exact same problem. I dont know if it is because of the screws or if it is because I am an 11 year old.

    Alex Kuriakose - Reply

  5. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the back panel off using the highlighted tab. The tab should give you enough leverage to pull the panel off smoothly.

    • If the back panel is difficult to remove and feels like it is going to break, DO NOT force it. Check to confirm that all the screws are removed before attempting again.

    I was having the same problem as the 11 year old from the previous step, and contrary to this note I just stuck my screwdriver under that tab and pried it off. It worked. It wasn’t even hard.

    lmh237 - Reply

  6. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • The computer should be open with many of the internal components shown. You can now access the hard drive, the RAM, and the keyboard.

  7. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 5.33 mm Phillips #1 screws holding the hard drive in place.

    • Be careful with these screws, as they can be stripped or lost easily.

  8. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • To remove the hard drive from the computer, grab the black tab attached to the hard drive and pull the tab downwards toward the bottom of the laptop.

    • When installing the hard drive, make sure the hard drive label faces down.

  9. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the four 5.2 mm Phillips #1 screws. There are two on each side of the drive holding it in the drive bay.

  10. Lenovo Essential G560 Hard Drive Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the drive out of the bay. If all the screws were removed correctly, it should simply slide out.

Conclusion

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

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In step 1, failure to unplug the cable does not result in electric shock. The power supply voltage is too low for such shock to happen to a human, but it can cause electrical damage to the motherboard. It is always a safe procedure to work on any machine unpowered (both power supply and battery disconnected and/or removed).

In step 9, be sure to remember the direction that the original drive was pointing when removing. The new drive must point the same direction.

rayramirez - Reply

In Step 3 - after removing the battery, press & hold the power buttton for 5 seconds to discharge any residual power in the circuitry before moving on to Step 4.

Iain - Reply

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