Introduction

You can install hard drives up to 12.5mm thick.

Turn the computer so that the ports are facing you.
  • Turn the computer so that the ports are facing you.

  • If the keyboard is locked, open the port cover and turn the keyboard locking screw until the keyboard is unlocked.

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Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.
  • Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.

  • Make sure you have removed the laptop battery and CD/DVD module from the expansion bays before proceeding.

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Lift the keyboard out by pulling it up and away from you. Rest the keyboard, face down, on top of the trackpad.
  • Lift the keyboard out by pulling it up and away from you. Rest the keyboard, face down, on top of the trackpad.

  • In order to replace the keyboard, you must first remove the modem.

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Remove the three silver Phillips screws that attach the heat shield to the internal metal framework.
  • Remove the three silver Phillips screws that attach the heat shield to the internal metal framework.

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Lift the heat shield up and pull it toward you.
  • Lift the heat shield up and pull it toward you.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Deck the Halls
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Remove the two silver Phillips screws from the modem.
  • Remove the two silver Phillips screws from the modem.

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Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to get under the modem's edge and pry it up from its socket as shown in the picture.
  • Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to get under the modem's edge and pry it up from its socket as shown in the picture.

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Disconnect the cable from the right side of the modem.
  • Disconnect the cable from the right side of the modem.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to pry up the processor's right side.
  • Use a spudger, the tips of your fingers, or a flat non-metal tool to pry up the processor's right side.

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Disconnect the keyboard cable from the logic board by pulling directly up on the clear plastic loop.
  • Disconnect the keyboard cable from the logic board by pulling directly up on the clear plastic loop.

  • This step is out of sequence with the keyboard because in order to remove the keyboard you must first remove the modem.

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Your laptop should look approximately like this.
  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Grasp the orange cable at the left end of the hard drive and disconnect it from the logic board.
  • Grasp the orange cable at the left end of the hard drive and disconnect it from the logic board.

  • Try to grasp the cable on the plastic connector rather than on the flexible cable section.

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Grasp the plastic tab and pull the hard drive up and to the left, making sure that the metal bracket doesn't catch on the black plastic casing.
  • Grasp the plastic tab and pull the hard drive up and to the left, making sure that the metal bracket doesn't catch on the black plastic casing.

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Remove the four black Torx screws located at the four corners of the hard drive bracket.
  • Remove the four black Torx screws located at the four corners of the hard drive bracket.

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Pull the connector cable out from the hard drive, applying even pressure while gently rocking up and down.
  • Pull the connector cable out from the hard drive, applying even pressure while gently rocking up and down.

  • Be very careful to apply even pressure when removing the cable. If you torque too hard to either side, you may damage or destroy the hard drive's connector pins, rendering your data inaccessible.

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Conclusion

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

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