Introduction

Follow these steps to replace your dysfunctional hard drive!

Remove the indicated 9 M2 x 6 mm nylon-coated screws using a Phillips head screwdriver. The screws do not come all the way out. Do not force them out.
  • Remove the indicated 9 M2 x 6 mm nylon-coated screws using a Phillips head screwdriver.

  • The screws do not come all the way out. Do not force them out.

After removing all of the screws, gently lift up on all covers to remove the back plate and reveal the interior of the device. After removing all of the screws, gently lift up on all covers to remove the back plate and reveal the interior of the device.
  • After removing all of the screws, gently lift up on all covers to remove the back plate and reveal the interior of the device.

Once the back cover is exposed, remove the two screws holding the hard drive in place. Once the back cover is exposed, remove the two screws holding the hard drive in place.
  • Once the back cover is exposed, remove the two screws holding the hard drive in place.

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Remove the plastic encasing holding down the hard drive after screws are removed.
  • Remove the plastic encasing holding down the hard drive after screws are removed.

  • This is the plastic encasing covering the SATA connection on the hard drive. There will be another plastic encasing that will be required to remove in a later step.

Using two fingers, carefully remove the hard drive. Using two fingers, carefully remove the hard drive.
  • Using two fingers, carefully remove the hard drive.

Carefully remove the plastic encasing surrounding the perimeter of the hard drive. Carefully remove the plastic encasing surrounding the perimeter of the hard drive.
  • Carefully remove the plastic encasing surrounding the perimeter of the hard drive.

This step requires the most precision. Forcefully using the prying tool to remove the SATA connector may damage the hard drive and the connection. Remove the connection slowly to a point where you can safely finish removing  the connection with your fingers. Use a nylon spudger to remove the SATA connector from the hard drive. Use a nylon spudger to remove the SATA connector from the hard drive.
  • This step requires the most precision. Forcefully using the prying tool to remove the SATA connector may damage the hard drive and the connection. Remove the connection slowly to a point where you can safely finish removing the connection with your fingers.

  • Use a nylon spudger to remove the SATA connector from the hard drive.

After the SATA connection is removed, gently pop off the hard drive from its socket. After the SATA connection is removed, gently pop off the hard drive from its socket.
  • After the SATA connection is removed, gently pop off the hard drive from its socket.

Conclusion

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

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