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A properly functioning hard drive is essential for a gaming computer. A faulty hard drive can slow down the computer and cause it to freeze, as well as corrupt data. If your hard drive has gone bad, here is how you can replace it.

  1. Use the spudger to separate the back plate from the rest of the computer with the screen up like in the picture.
    • Use the spudger to separate the back plate from the rest of the computer with the screen up like in the picture.

    • Once the back plate is loose, close the screen for an easier time properly removing it.

    For those with a GS63VR 7RG, do not pry the back plate loose first, as there are little tabs in the center of the back plate that will break if you do. Take the bottom plate off first, and then release the clips holding the back plate to the bottom plate. Also, the part number for the GS63VR 7RG is BTY-M6K.

    mjf24 - Reply

    I confirm mjf24 comment.

    I have a GS63 Stealth 8RE and the back plate can’t be removed 1st. Otherwise it breaks.

    Bottom plate 1st.

    Actually when the bottom plate is removed, the hdd is accessible and there is no need to remove the back plate.

    Remi - Reply

  2. Using a Phillips Head #1 screwdriver, unscrew the 15 screws on the bottom of the device
    • Using a Phillips Head #1 screwdriver, unscrew the 15 screws on the bottom of the device

    • After all the screws are unscrewed, remove the bottom plate. If this is the first time that you are removing this back cover, the last screw is hidden under the "factory seal" label. You will need to break that label to reach that screw.

    • Keep track of all the screws and which slot they came from, as they slightly differ. We recommend this system: lay out on a piece of paper and pretending the paper is the device. Place the screws on the paper approximately where they would go.

    • Another method for keeping track of all the screws would be to secure each removed screw near the hole that it was removed from with a piece of painters or masking tape. This type of tape is easy to remove from the fuzzy surface but strong enough to secure the screw to the back cover.

    What if I didn't keep track of the screw placement? Right now, all I know is that there are 8 screws slightly shorter than the other 6 (excluding screw under factory seal).

    Ricardo Garcia - Reply

    Hoping for an answer to the screw placement as well. I originally did keep track of it, but accidentally mixed up the screws together. Also noticed 8 were of one size and 6 of another.

    Cindy Tseng - Reply

    Same here .. i mix them .. and i ask msi too.. but i don`t get a mail.. do you find the answer ?

    game uni - Reply

    I’m looking for the same answer. 2 different screw sizes. Which screws go in which holes?

    jlaconte - Reply

    Which screws go where?

    Joe Schroedl - Reply

  3. Locate the battery. Wedge the spudger underneath the battery, and apply pressure to lift it away from the rest of the device. Gently pull and wiggle the multiple colored wired connector out from the socket.
    • Locate the battery.

    • Wedge the spudger underneath the battery, and apply pressure to lift it away from the rest of the device.

    • Gently pull and wiggle the multiple colored wired connector out from the socket.

    • If you are removing the original battery, the back has a couple foam strips that were installed for cushioning. Those can be carefully removed and placed on the new replacement battery, but it is not necessary.

  4. Locate the hard drive. Using a spudger lift the ribbon cable connector.
    • Locate the hard drive.

    • Using a spudger lift the ribbon cable connector.

  5. Use the tweezers to lift the back tab and pull it back until the ribbon cable disconnects. Wedge the spudger between the hard drive and the device and apply pressure to pry the two apart, and then remove the hard drive.
    • Use the tweezers to lift the back tab and pull it back until the ribbon cable disconnects.

    • Wedge the spudger between the hard drive and the device and apply pressure to pry the two apart, and then remove the hard drive.

Conclusion

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

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Chris Gifford

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Could you please give more details on how to remove the backplate in step 1? It is the most fragile part in the whole laptop and the first one to get damaged/broken as well. Some more pictures of the process would be great.

Ian - Reply

I agree with you… i would like some more pictures on how to put the new SSD or HDD in and put everything back to

Aaron Orme -

I just did the first step of loosening screen with spudger - not sure if needed or not, but I did it and some metal things popped. Then unscrewed all the screws and left them in place and propped just the back of the cover partially open. Hard drive then just came out, no need to touch the battery. Switched the ribbon connector to 1 TB SSD, screwed the cover back on and everything worked. Now cloning old drive with Macrium Reflect Free Edition. Love the tools in replacement kit for those who don’t already have a USB-3 enclosure/a full set of repair essentials. Also things organized in a box called iFixit are less likely to lose peaces or be misplaced.

Oleg Kibirev - Reply

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