Introduction

The 30 GB hard drive is attached to the logic board. The battery should be removed before any more disassembling of the Zune is to take place.

Remove the plastic screw cover located on the bottom of the device. Insert a small flat-headed screwdriver into one side of the cover and gently ease it out. Repeat on the other side. Be gentle when removing the screw cover as it is brittle and will break if forced.
  • Remove the plastic screw cover located on the bottom of the device. Insert a small flat-headed screwdriver into one side of the cover and gently ease it out. Repeat on the other side.

  • Be gentle when removing the screw cover as it is brittle and will break if forced.

  • You will need a #00 Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 2.6 mm screws that are exposed.

The piece extends inward to kind of sheath the connector itself so it takes a little back and forth between the sides.

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Also important to note that this piece only goes in one way, so take note of its orientation, and don't force it if it isn't sliding back in.

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Use the blue plastic opening tool to slowly work your way around the edges of the case, releasing the front plate from the bottom case.
  • Use the blue plastic opening tool to slowly work your way around the edges of the case, releasing the front plate from the bottom case.

  • Be gentle when prying the device open.

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Turn the Zune over so the screen faces downward. This will ensure the battery does not fall out and pull on the cable. The battery is not fastened to the inside of the case. It will fall out.
  • Turn the Zune over so the screen faces downward. This will ensure the battery does not fall out and pull on the cable.

  • The battery is not fastened to the inside of the case. It will fall out.

  • Pry up from the bottom of the Zune because the headphone jack will not allow you to remove the back case in one pull. You must slide the case up and away from the rest of the Zune.

  • The case is now separated. You can replace the case, if needed.

The battery flopping out definitely surprised me a bit.

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With the Zune facing down, as pictured, the battery ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right hand side of the logic board. Use the small flat head screw driver to gently lift the brown clamp.
  • With the Zune facing down, as pictured, the battery ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right hand side of the logic board.

  • Use the small flat head screw driver to gently lift the brown clamp.

  • The clamp will release the battery ribbon cable from the logic board, freeing the battery.

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You can now replace the battery.
  • You can now replace the battery.

  • The battery is a Lithium ion 3.7 V.

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Now the  back cover is off and the battery is removed, so the hard drive is clearly visible.
  • Now the back cover is off and the battery is removed, so the hard drive is clearly visible.

  • There are four 4.2 mm screws securing the hard drive to the logic board.

  • Remove all four screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Don't lose any of the screws! If necessary, use a magnetized screw driver.

Those two to the right don't hold the HDD down. Only the two on the left need to be removed to then hinge up the HDD by the copper foil tape.

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Carefully tilt the hard drive up from the logic board.
  • Carefully tilt the hard drive up from the logic board.

  • Do not pull the hard drive all the way off. It is still connected to the logic board by a ribbon cable.

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Flip the hard drive over the top to expose the ribbon cable.
  • Flip the hard drive over the top to expose the ribbon cable.

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This may be difficult to move, so take your time and be careful. The ribbon cable is held in place by a black latch on the hard drive.
  • This may be difficult to move, so take your time and be careful.

  • The ribbon cable is held in place by a black latch on the hard drive.

  • Using a small flat head screwdriver, flip the black latch up 90 degrees.

  • Make sure you are only flipping the black latch. Do not try to lift any wires or the white connector piece.

No need to actually remove the HD if all you're replacing is the LCD. It can just kind of hinge out of the way but stay attached.

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Carefully detach the ribbon cable from the hard drive. Now you have completely detached the hard drive.
  • Carefully detach the ribbon cable from the hard drive.

  • Now you have completely detached the hard drive.

This step wasn't quite the end for me. To actually replace the hard drive, you have to remove the stickers and pry the drive out of its chassis. It's not hard at all, but certainly worth mentioning.

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Conclusion

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

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