Introduction

This guide will teach you how to safely remove your SSD from you Surface Pro 3. The guide starts by removing the screen and digitizer and then goes right into removing the SSD. This guide does not include details on how to clone the existing memory on your current SSD onto your new one.

Image 1/2: Place the  hot iOpener(s) on the edges of the device to melt the glue securing the screen. Image 2/2: Place the  hot iOpener(s) on the edges of the device to melt the glue securing the screen.
  • Heat up one or multiple iOpeners in the microwave for 30 seconds.

  • Place the hot iOpener(s) on the edges of the device to melt the glue securing the screen.

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Image 1/1: Holding the heat gun on a single spot for too long can crack the screen or melt parts of the device.
  • If the iOpeners are not working or you do not have any readily available, use a heat gun to melt the glue. In fact, this may be a better option than the iOpeners.

  • Holding the heat gun on a single spot for too long can crack the screen or melt parts of the device.

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Image 1/2: Start in the top right corner of the device for best results. Image 2/2: Carefully insert opening picks between the screen and the device.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to separate the screen from the device.

  • Start in the top right corner of the device for best results.

  • Carefully insert opening picks between the screen and the device.

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Image 1/3: As you make your way around the screen with the heat gun, use the plastic opening tool and the opening picks to pry the screen loose. Image 2/3: The screen is extremely thin and very easy to break. Be careful working with broken glass. Image 3/3: The screen is extremely thin and very easy to break. Be careful working with broken glass.
  • Continue to heat sections of the screen with the heat gun.

  • As you make your way around the screen with the heat gun, use the plastic opening tool and the opening picks to pry the screen loose.

  • The screen is extremely thin and very easy to break. Be careful working with broken glass.

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Image 1/2: Lift the screen up carefully so that no wires are torn. Image 2/2: Lift the screen up carefully so that no wires are torn.
  • Once you have placed iFixit Opening Picks around the entire screen, carefully pry the screen loose with the plastic opening tool.

  • Lift the screen up carefully so that no wires are torn.

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Image 1/2: Lift the connector up from the device. Image 2/2: Lift the connector up from the device.
  • Remove the single 4 mm T5 Torx screw securing the display cable.

  • Lift the connector up from the device.

It's always best to disconnect the battery before disconnecting the display cable. Ensuring there is no power to the device will also ensure you don't damage the backlight components when disconnecting the display. You should also make sure to reattach the display cable before reattaching the battery cable when putting it back together.

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There is also a tiny little board between the ribbon cable and motherboard. Be sure not to lose it!!! If you do the part is 1631 LCD Contact Shield Plate.

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Image 1/3: Carefully lift the orange cable up until the connecter pops off. Image 2/3: The screen will now be completely disconnected. Image 3/3: The screen will now be completely disconnected.
  • Grasp the orange cable connected to the silver connecter.

  • Carefully lift the orange cable up until the connecter pops off.

  • The screen will now be completely disconnected.

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Image 1/3: Image 2/3: Image 3/3:
  • Remove the two 4 mm T3 Torx screws securing the SSD.

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Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Lift up and pull gently on the SSD to remove it from the black connector.

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Conclusion

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

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How do you replace the screen once the glue is melted?

bbhsascha - Reply

would assume you heat and put the screen back...

Assuming you havent shattered the screen to oblivion in the process...

nyalldavis -

Is there a way to copy the files from the ssd card once removed?

Garry Lincoln - Reply

yes, you would need an adapter to connect the msata to regular sata and connect to another computer.

Dan Wooton -

How's does the glass thickness compare to the Surface Pro 2? I've replaced a screen on a 2 without destroying it. Now I'm looking to replace an SSD on a 3. I'm wondering if I can expect the same type of removal.

jwelch414 - Reply

Couldn't find a replacement hard drive ... my Surface 3 Pro is now toast ...

James Lindbloom - Reply

Shouldn't be hard to find an m.2/mSATA SSD

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