Introduction

You can install hard drives up to 17mm thick, twice as thick as a slim 9.5mm drive.

Remove both expansion bay modules using the levers on the front of the computer.
  • Remove both expansion bay modules using the levers on the front of the computer.

  • Insert your index fingers inside the expansion bays and search for the two ribbed tabs on the underside of the upper case. The tabs are located near the bottom corners of the keyboard.

  • Pull the tabs toward yourself and the keyboard will pop up.

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Pull the keyboard forward to disengage the tabs holding it in back and rotate it toward you.
  • Pull the keyboard forward to disengage the tabs holding it in back and rotate it toward you.

  • Rest the keyboard on the trackpad.

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  • This is a diagram of the ribbon clamp connectors you will disconnect in the next step.

  • 1) With your fingernails, grasp the locking bar on either side and pull up a small amount (about 1/16" or 2 mm).

  • 2) After disengaging the locking bar, slide the cable out of the connector.

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Disconnect the two keyboard connectors by disengaging the clamps and pulling the ribbons directly upward.
  • Disconnect the two keyboard connectors by disengaging the clamps and pulling the ribbons directly upward.

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Slide a spudger downward between each plastic strain relief cable and the wall of the case in order to bow out the cable beyond the small tab holding it in place.
  • Slide a spudger downward between each plastic strain relief cable and the wall of the case in order to bow out the cable beyond the small tab holding it in place.

  • Once the strain relief cables are free, lift the keyboard off.

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

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Remove the two Phillips screws from the heat shield.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws from the heat shield.

  • One screw is shorter than the other. When putting the Wallstreet back together, this screw goes in the middle of the heat shield.

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Grasp the metal handle on the heat shield and pull up and toward yourself.
  • Grasp the metal handle on the heat shield and pull up and toward yourself.

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Unscrew, but do not remove, the single Phillips screw from the hard drive bracket.
  • Unscrew, but do not remove, the single Phillips screw from the hard drive bracket.

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Grasp the hard drive bracket on the left side and pull up and to the left.
  • Grasp the hard drive bracket on the left side and pull up and to the left.

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

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Remove the four T8 Torx screws from the hard drive bracket.
  • Remove the four T8 Torx screws from the hard drive bracket.

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Turn the hard drive bracket over.
  • Turn the hard drive bracket over.

  • Hold the hard drive bracket at the connector end and grasp the opposite end of the hard drive.

  • Pull the hard drive out of the bracket, making sure to pull evenly on both sides.

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Conclusion

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

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It is much easier to remove and replace the hard drive by first removing the two T8 Torx screws on the hard drive connector at the end of the hard drive bracket (small green IC board). Less of a chance of bending the HD pins.

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