Introduction

Use this guide to replace the hard drive in the Acer Aspire One ZG5. After removing the motherboard, the hard drive is easy to replace.

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

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

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

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Gently loosen the two Phillips #0 screws in the small panel that covers the wireless card.
  • Gently loosen the two Phillips #0 screws in the small panel that covers the wireless card.

    • These screws are built into the panel and aren't meant to be completely removed.

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Lift up the panel and remove it from the case.
  • Lift up the panel and remove it from the case.

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Disconnect the two antenna cables from the left side of the wireless card.
  • Disconnect the two antenna cables from the left side of the wireless card.

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Remove the single 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screw from the bottom left of the wireless card.
  • Remove the single 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screw from the bottom left of the wireless card.

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Gently lift up the left side of the wireless card and slide the card out of its socket.
  • Gently lift up the left side of the wireless card and slide the card out of its socket.

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

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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

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Close the display and turn the ZG5 over so that the battery compartment faces away from you.
  • Close the display and turn the ZG5 over so that the battery compartment faces away from you.

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Remove three 5.8 mm Phillips #0 screws from the bottom of the case Remove three 3.9 mm  Phillips #1 screws  from the battery compartment.
  • Remove three 5.8 mm Phillips #0 screws from the bottom of the case

  • Remove three 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screws from the battery compartment.

  • Remove two 5.8 mm Phillips #0 screws from underneath the feet near the hinges.

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

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Flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF connector. Using the blue tab, pull the trackpad ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard. Using the blue tab, pull the trackpad ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF connector.

  • Using the blue tab, pull the trackpad ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.

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Remove the five black 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screws from the metal casing. Remove the single silver 4.3 mm Phillips #00 screw from the right side of  the metal casing.
  • Remove the five black 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screws from the metal casing.

  • Remove the single silver 4.3 mm Phillips #00 screw from the right side of the metal casing.

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Starting at the red rings along the hinge, insert a spudger or plastic opening tool into the seam between the two halves of the case. Slide the spudger toward the front of the device, releasing the small clips that hold down the top case.
  • Starting at the red rings along the hinge, insert a spudger or plastic opening tool into the seam between the two halves of the case.

  • Slide the spudger toward the front of the device, releasing the small clips that hold down the top case.

  • Gently lift off the top case.

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Disconnect the two antenna cables from the right side of the wireless card.
  • Disconnect the two antenna cables from the right side of the wireless card.

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Remove the single 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screw from the wireless card.
  • Remove the single 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screw from the wireless card.

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Gently pull the wireless card to the right and slide it out of its socket.
  • Gently pull the wireless card to the right and slide it out of its socket.

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Disconnect the display cable from the top left of the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the display cable from the top left of the motherboard.

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Disconnect the speaker cable from its socket on the motherboard. Disconnect the speaker cable from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the speaker cable from its socket on the motherboard.

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Remove three 3.9 mm Phillips #1  screws from the small  I/O board.
  • Remove three 3.9 mm Phillips #1 screws from the small I/O board.

  • Remove a single 3.9 mm Phillips #0 screw from the front of the motherboard.

    • Some laptops may instead have a single 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screw.

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Remove the two 4.7 mm Phillips #1 screws that connect the display to the motherboard.
  • Remove the two 4.7 mm Phillips #1 screws that connect the display to the motherboard.

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Gently lift the I/O board up from the right side of the case.
  • Gently lift the I/O board up from the right side of the case.

    • The I/O board is attached to the motherboard by a short cable.

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.

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Lift the entire motherboard assembly out the case.
  • Lift the entire motherboard assembly out the case.

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

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Disconnect the I/O board from the motherboard. Disconnect the I/O board from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the I/O board from the motherboard.

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Remove the two 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold down the hard drive.
  • Remove the two 4.7 mm Phillips #0 screws that hold down the hard drive.

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

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Pull the hard drive straight out from the motherboard.
  • Pull the hard drive straight out from the motherboard.

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

    • There are two screws on each side of the casing.

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Remove the upper and lower casing from the hard drive.
  • Remove the upper and lower casing from the hard drive.

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Conclusion

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

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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

Thanks a lot! i already upgrade memory from 1 to 1.5 on my acer. But i have a question, does the aoa 150 works faster with a ssd disk? i want to try with one of 240 gb. Anyone try it?

Martiniano Vera Enrique - Reply

Not the easiest upgrade I've ever done (perhaps the most difficult, actually), but I got it done. Removing the keyboard was the trickiest step for me. Be patient. If you can work one of the corner releases, you can put a flat-blade screwdriver under the corner of the keyboard and work on the other releases (starting at the far corner, then the centre).

The other tricky problem I had was getting the little ribbon cable for the trackpad properly reconnected after completing the project. (I thought the keyboard cable would be the tricky part, but it turns out to be pretty easy.) Be patient and you'll be fine. You may want to test (with a mouse handy) before you reinsert the keyboard.

Thanks very much for this howto!

Jim MacKenzie - Reply

I had one of these little beasts that my son gave away about 6 years ago. The person he gave it to returned it to him a month later because it would not turn on. It was a case of the boot sector problem that plagues the ZG5. I performed the repair described on the Acer web site and it has been running fine ever since. After installing Linux Mint (dual boot), it was finally given away again last summer. Now it seems it is coming back to me. This might be the time to upgrade it with an SSD. Thanks for this tutorial. I will probably be making use of it over the next few weeks.

Chuck Pilger - 02/23/2017

Chuck Pilger - Reply

Ok I'm ready to take the plunge and install an ssd. Which version of Win 10 works well? Or, how about win7, which I always liked? Pete Lunde 07/13/2017

Quasimodo - Reply

I tried both Windows 7 and 10. I'd say to upgrade the memory to max (1.5GB) before trying to run ANY version of Windows. Also, while 7 ran nicely enough with that upgrade, I think Linux works even better. Windows 10 (32-bit, of course) runs, but it was way too slow to be comfortable for me to use. Of course, Windows 10 has more built-in protections against malware, so there are trade-offs to consider. If you don't *need* to run any Windows-only apps, though, at least try Linux on a Live USB and see how you like it.

pacmanmaster -

I used this guide to upgrade the hard drive, upgrade the memory (from 1GB to 1.5GB), and replace a busted internal WiFi card (upgrading from 802.11g to 802.11n in the process!). It can be done, but I will say that removing the keyboard is harder than it should be. In doing so, I broke one of the clips that holds it in. It still works great, but the keyboard now bounces a little. Be careful with that step!

Overall, considering that the ease of replacing these three parts once opened, it's a shame that Acer made it so HARD to open (safely).

I installed Windows 7 when I upgraded it, and it ran fine (but a bit pokey). I upgraded to Windows 10, and it worked, but it was even slower. After I migrated away from using apps on this machine that required Windows, I installed Linux Mint exclusively (had it dual-booting before), and it works better than it did with either Windows 7 or 10. (Note: To insure Linux compatibility, I used an Intel-branded WiFi card, which I checked for compatibility beforehand).

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