Here, I'll replace the hard disk of my ThinkPad X220 in a few steps.

Put the laptop upside down.
  • Put the laptop upside down.

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Unscrew the HDD slot cover.
  • Unscrew the HDD slot cover.

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  • You will arrive to something like this.

  • Pull the black tab popping out to remove the HDD from its tray.

  • The little black tab can be fragile. I recommend you to put tape on it when you have removed the HDD from the bracket to make it tougher.

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  • Congratulations! You got the HDD out of the laptop. We can now put the laptop somewhere else and focus on the HDD.

  • On each long side of the HDD, two rubber bands are located. Pull them to remove them and access to the screws.

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  • Unscrew the 4 screws located on the two long sides of the drives...

  • ...and push the HDD outside from its retention bracket.

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  • You're done! To reassemble, place a new drive in the bracket and follow the steps in the reverse order.

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

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I just hope that a 64 year old crazy cat lady can do this without blowing up the galaxy

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Thanks dude.

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