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A faulty hard drive can be the underlying cause of many issues with a laptop. This guide will take your through the steps necessary to replace the hard drive so you can get back to using your computer.

  1. Lay laptop down so that the bottom is facing the sky.
    • Lay laptop down so that the bottom is facing the sky.

  2. Push both tabs away from the center of the device. While both are in the fully unlocked position, slide the battery out. While both are in the fully unlocked position, slide the battery out.
    • Push both tabs away from the center of the device.

    • While both are in the fully unlocked position, slide the battery out.

  3. Remove this 4 mm Phillips #8 screw using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Firmly, but gently pull the cover towards you. After moving the cover about 2 centimeters, you can lift and remove it.
    • Remove this 4 mm Phillips #8 screw using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Firmly, but gently pull the cover towards you.

    • After moving the cover about 2 centimeters, you can lift and remove it.

  4. Remove these four 4 mm Phillips #8 screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Gently lift the hard drive up, however do not remove it. Gently lift the hard drive up, however do not remove it.
    • Remove these four 4 mm Phillips #8 screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Gently lift the hard drive up, however do not remove it.

  5. Firmly grasp the base of the connector at the bottom of the hard drive. Gently pull the connector off to free the hard drive.
    • Firmly grasp the base of the connector at the bottom of the hard drive.

    • Gently pull the connector off to free the hard drive.

Conclusion

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

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I want to change this HDD with a SSD drive. How do I know which drive to look for? Do i need some kind of adapter or i just have to plug it?

johnetix - Reply

The HDD is connected using Serial ATA (SATA) and most modern SSD drives will also use a SATA connection. You will be able to install the new drive without any adapters.

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