Acer Aspire One ZG5 Hard Drive Replacement

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This guide will show you how to install a new hard drive.

  • Author: Doug Gallatin
  • Time estimate: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

After getting the motherboard out, it is easy to get to the hard drive.

Relevant Parts

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Turn the netbook upside down with the battery at the top, away from you.

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Turn the netbook upside down with the battery at the top, away from you.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Unlock the battery by sliding the switch located near the left hinge to the left "unlocked" position.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Unlock the battery by sliding the switch located near the left hinge to the left "unlocked" position.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Slide the latch located on the opposite hinge from the lock while pushing the battery up.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Slide the latch located on the opposite hinge from the lock while pushing the battery up.

Edit Step 4 Wireless Card  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the two screws on the small panel towards the top left of the netbook with the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

Edit Step 4 Wireless Card  ¶ 

  • Remove the two screws on the small panel towards the top left of the netbook with the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • These screws are built into the panel so they won't come out freely.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently lift and remove the plate from the netbook.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Gently lift and remove the plate from the netbook.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Disconnect the two antenna wires attached to the left side of the wireless card.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the two antenna wires attached to the left side of the wireless card.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the 3.9mm screw located on the bottom left of the wireless card with Phillips #1 screwdriver.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the 3.9mm screw located on the bottom left of the wireless card with Phillips #1 screwdriver.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently lift the wireless card from its housing starting with the side where the antenna wires were.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the wireless card from its housing starting with the side where the antenna wires were.

Edit Step 9 Keyboard  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Turn the netbook over and open the display so that the keyboard is facing you.

Edit Step 9 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Turn the netbook over and open the display so that the keyboard is facing you.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/3: There are three tabs located on the top of the keyboard.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • There are three tabs located on the top of the keyboard.

  • Start with the spudger pointing towards the display and pry up to push each tab off the keyboard.

  • As you move to the next tab, ensure the previous tab doesn't reset itself.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift top of keyboard up. If it doesn't lift easily, there may be tabs on the sides - use the tool to ease them aside and/or shift the keyboard from side to side.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift top of keyboard up. If it doesn't lift easily, there may be tabs on the sides - use the tool to ease them aside and/or shift the keyboard from side to side.

  • There is a short ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the netbook.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Disconnect the ribbon by lifting the black plastic hinge and removing the clear blue cable.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the ribbon by lifting the black plastic hinge and removing the clear blue cable.

Edit Step 13 Top Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Close display and turn ZG5 over so that the battery compartment is towards the top.

Edit Step 13 Top Case  ¶ 

  • Close display and turn ZG5 over so that the battery compartment is towards the top.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove three 3.9 screws from the netbook with the Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove the rest of the five screws from the netbook with the Phillips #0 screwdriver

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove three 3.9 screws from the netbook with the Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove the rest of the five screws from the netbook with the Phillips #0 screwdriver

    • Three 5.8mm screw towards the bottom

    • Three 3.9mm screw where the battery was

    • Two 5.8mm screws underneath the rear feet near the hinges.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Turn the netbook back over and open the display with the keyboard cavity facing you.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Turn the netbook back over and open the display with the keyboard cavity facing you.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Gently remove the trackpad cable with the blue tab from the motherboard

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Gently remove the trackpad cable with the blue tab from the motherboard

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Five black 4.7mm screws

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the six screws from the metal casing using Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Five black 4.7mm screws

    • One silver 4.3mm screw on right (you may find a #00 Phillips more appropriate for this screw)

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently lift the top case off.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the top case off.

  • Using the spudger tool, start at the back (the red rings along the hinge) and slide the tool along the opening toward the front to release the mini clips. Forcing with hands may damage the plastic top.

Edit Step 19 Internal Wireless Card  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Disconnect the two antenna cables located on the right of the LAN card.

Edit Step 19 Internal Wireless Card  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the two antenna cables located on the right of the LAN card.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the the 3.9mm screw from the wifi card using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Remove the the 3.9mm screw from the wifi card using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently pull the wifi card to the right and out of its housing.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Gently pull the wifi card to the right and out of its housing.

Edit Step 22 Motherboard  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Disconnect the display cable located on the top left of the motherboard.

Edit Step 22 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display cable located on the top left of the motherboard.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the speaker cable from the motherboard.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the speaker cable from the motherboard.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Three 3.9 mm screws using Phillips #1 screwdriver

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Remove 4 screws:

    • Three 3.9 mm screws using Phillips #1 screwdriver

    • One 3.9 mm (or possibly, in some laptops, 4.7 mm) screw using Phillips #0 screwdriver

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

Image 1/1:

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.7 mm screws holding the display onto the motherboard. (These are the same type of screws as the five you removed from the metal shield under the keyboard in a previous step.)

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift out the daughter-board on the right of the netbook.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Lift out the daughter-board on the right of the netbook.

    • The daughter-board is attached to the motherboard by a short cable.

    • Be aware of the ports on the right side of the daughter-board.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull out the motherboard from its housing.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Pull out the motherboard from its housing.

Edit Step 28 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Turn the motherboard over so that the RAM is facing up.

Edit Step 28 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Turn the motherboard over so that the RAM is facing up.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Disconnect the logic board from the motherboard.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the logic board from the motherboard.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the two 4.7mm screws using Phillips #0 screwdriver.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 4.7mm screws using Phillips #0 screwdriver.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull hard drive straight out from the motherboard.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Pull hard drive straight out from the motherboard.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the four 3.9mm screws from the hard drive casing using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 3.9mm screws from the hard drive casing using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • There are 2 screws on the opposite side of the casing

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove both the bottom and top case from the hard drive.

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Remove both the bottom and top case from the hard drive.

Conclusion

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

8 Comments

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Excellent guide. This "student" should be promoted to "instructor" right away. Many thanks.

Rudy Fernandes - Reply

This guide helped a lot with refurbishing my old ZG5. It now has a case that is not cracked, 1.5 GB memory, and a 240GB SSD. I get to put off Windows 10 for a while longer.

James Stallings - Reply

mi lap NO tiene wireless card

gustavo cordova - Reply

I took apart an SSD variant. At this step, there were two screws holding the SSD down, but the SSD did not come out with the main and daughter boards. Detaching the I/O cable freed the mainboard to come out with or without the daughterboard.

unixusr - Reply

there are 2 silver screws that need to be removed in this step your picture shows them still installed (one is located neer audio plug, the other is located neer keyboard plug) in step 27 (next step) they have been removed without mention

Scott Riley - Reply

I have added 1 gb of memory to my ZG5 thanks to this helpful guide. Total cost, including a spudger and a new mini screwdriver, to tackle the 00 Philips, GBP 17.57

I fear I haven't put the trackpad connector back properly, but device works great with a wireless mouse. Very many thanks.

John Serocold - Reply

La notebook trae el disco duro en la parte de atrás? Por dónde va el ventilador?

Julio Cesar Roman Gonzalez - Reply


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