Introduction

Solid state drives are built to make the device super fast. Don't be content waiting minutes for something that would take seconds. If you believe you need to replace your SSD, here is how to do it.

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.

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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

  • 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.

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).

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  • 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.

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  • Locate the hard drive.

  • Using a spudger lift the ribbon cable connector.

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  • 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.

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  • First locate the speaker(s).

  • Use the tweezers to lift the speaker from its position.

  • Grab the multi-colored wire with the tweezers and gently pull back until the speakers releases from its socket.

  • Applies for both speakers.

  • Keep track of which speaker went where. The connectors for the speakers are unique; you cannot use a speaker that should go on the right side on the left side and vice versa.

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  • First, locate all the ribbon cables that are connected to the motherboard.

  • Lift the ribbon cable connector tabs with the spudger gently.

  • Using the tweezers, gently pull back on the ribbon cable until it is completely out of the socket.

  • Be very gentle while dealing with ribbon cables. If one gets damaged the component it links to will not function.

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  • First, locate all the screws holding down the Motherboard.

  • Remove all the screws using the #1 Phillips head screw driver.

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  • Next, locate the Wi-Fi chip.

  • Use the #1 Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screw attaching the Wi-fi chip to the motherboard.

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  • Use the spudger to lift the motherboard up and remove it from the laptop, then flip the now separated motherboard over.

  • Using tweezers, disconnect the red wire circled in the picture; where the hard drive would be.

  • Locate the SSD and the screw holding it in.

  • Unscrew the one Screw using a #1 Phillips Head screwdriver.

  • The SSD will want to lift with that screw being removed, from here grab it and pull it out gently.

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Conclusion

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

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