Introduction

Replacing the hard drive because of performance issues or updating the hard drive can improve issues. When replacing the hard drive, you will need a Phillips J0 head screwdriver and a spudger. Make sure that the laptop is powered off before continuing.

Parts

No parts required.

Start with laptop closed. Turn laptop over so the back panel is visible, as shown in the second image.
  • Start with laptop closed.

  • Turn laptop over so the back panel is visible, as shown in the second image.

  • Remove the two 40 mm Phillips screws using a Phillips J0 head screwdriver.

Remove both 40 mm Phillips screws using a Phillips J0 head screwdriver. Remove the back panel and set it aside.
  • Remove both 40 mm Phillips screws using a Phillips J0 head screwdriver.

  • Remove the back panel and set it aside.

Remove the 40 mm screw using a Phillips J0 head screwdriver. Remove the 40 mm screw using a Phillips J0 head screwdriver.
  • Remove the 40 mm screw using a Phillips J0 head screwdriver.

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After removing the screw, carefully wedge the flat end of a spudger in the spacing  to remove the hard drive from the port. Pry the hard drive out of its port.
  • After removing the screw, carefully wedge the flat end of a spudger in the spacing to remove the hard drive from the port.

  • Pry the hard drive out of its port.

  • Push the wedged end of the spudger out as indicated by the action shots.

Carefully lift the hard drive enclosure to remove it from the laptop. The enclosure is the metal case holding the actual hard drive. You must remove the metal case in order to replace the hard drive.
  • Carefully lift the hard drive enclosure to remove it from the laptop.

  • The enclosure is the metal case holding the actual hard drive. You must remove the metal case in order to replace the hard drive.

The hard drive enclosure has four 40 mm screws keeping the hard drive in place. Remove the four 40 mm screws with a Phillips J0 head screwdriver. Remove the four 40 mm screws with a Phillips J0 head screwdriver.
  • The hard drive enclosure has four 40 mm screws keeping the hard drive in place.

  • Remove the four 40 mm screws with a Phillips J0 head screwdriver.

Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure. The new hard drive can be inserted into the same enclosure.
  • Slide the hard drive out of the enclosure.

  • The new hard drive can be inserted into the same enclosure.

Conclusion

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

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