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Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Hard Drive Replacement

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  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Hard Drive Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Hard Drive Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Disable the battery, power down, and unplug your device before you begin.

    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom of the device is showing.

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    • Using your fingers, slide the lock on each side of the battery to the unlocked position.

    • Remove the battery from the slot.

  3. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Hard Drive Replacement, Back Cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Hard Drive Replacement, Back Cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the six captive screws.

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    • Insert the blue plastic opening tool into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening tool around the perimeter of the case to release the clips holding the case and the chassis together.

    • If it feels like the battery well portion of the back cover isn't loose, these clips may be holding the cover to the laptop. Use your opening tool to pry the clips loose and try removing the cover again.

    • Remove the back case.

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    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.6 mm screws securing the internal battery to the frame.

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    • Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out.

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    • Using the black nylon spudger, lift the connector lock up.

    • Disconnect the storage cable from the motherboard.

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    • Lift the hard drive up with a tab if it has one or with your spudger.

    • Lift the drive assembly from the system.

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    • Pull the plastic drive bracket outward to remove it from the hard drive.

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    • Flip it over and remove the drive connector from the assembly.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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