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Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement

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  1. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 1, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery, and use the Phillips #00 precision screwdriver to then remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws under the battery.

    • Wait 1 hour after removing the battery before continuing to disassemble the camera.

  2. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 3mm #00 Phillips screws on the bottom of the camera.

  3. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws on the side of the camera.

    • Remove the 4mm Phillips #00 screw under the AV port cover.

  4. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Gently pull the black plastic hard drive cover away from the body of the camera. This will expose the hard drive.

    • Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.

  5. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the hard drive out of the camera by grasping the grey rubber mounting brackets and pulling them upwards.

    • The hard drive is attached to the flex cable. Remove the hard drive slowly to prevent the flex cable from being damaged.

  6. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the rubber mounting brackets by pulling them off the hard drive.

  7. Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 Hard Drive Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully unplug the flex cable from the hard drive.

Conclusion

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

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Gracias por el post. Muy buenas las explicaciones.

Una consulta.

Tengo filmadora SONY DRC-SR21 cuyo disco original es Toshiba MKL8034GAL.

Puedo usar un disco de 30GB para reemplazarlo ?

Intenté hacerlo pero al encender la filmadora, vuelve a apagarse.

El disco original es de 500mA y el de 30GB es de 400mA.

Gracias por la ayuda

JORGE - Reply

Hi, that’s a very comprehensive tutorial, well done!

I’m trying to find out if I can access video footage recorded onto a sony handycam ( DCR-SR75) The LCD screen stopped working and I can’t seem to operate the memory. I would appreciate any advise or suggestions as how to sort this problem thanks, Ger

Ger O'Neill - Reply

Any recommendations on bigger drives to replace it with? SSD?

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