Introduction

Use this guide to replace the hard drive on a Sony Vaio Tap 21 all-in-one. The hard drive is covered by a circle pattern metal grill. It is located in between the battery and the motherboard.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Locate the hard drive.
    • Locate the hard drive.

  2. Locate the 13mm screws for the hard drive and use the JIS 0 screwdriver to unscrew. Locate the 13mm screws for the hard drive and use the JIS 0 screwdriver to unscrew.
    • Locate the 13mm screws for the hard drive and use the JIS 0 screwdriver to unscrew.

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  4. Gently lift the hard drive upwards. Ensure you have a gentle hold on the hard drive cable. Gently pull the cable from the base where the cable header meets the hard drive.
    • Gently lift the hard drive upwards.

    • Ensure you have a gentle hold on the hard drive cable.

    • Gently pull the cable from the base where the cable header meets the hard drive.

    • To ensure no damage is done on the cable header, pull the header gently from both sides at the same time or gently from the center.

  5. Locate the screws. Using the JIS 0 screwdriver, unscrew the 4mm screws.
    • Locate the screws.

    • Using the JIS 0 screwdriver, unscrew the 4mm screws.

    • Gently lift the frame after screws have been taken out.

Conclusion

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

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6 Comments

Is that a M.2 SSD Slot on the motherboard?

tedsoldier - Reply

Nope, that’s an mPCIE/mSATA slot, not an m.2 slot. Look at the retention screw position: m.2 uses a centre screw, mPCIE/mSATA uses a corner screw.

Spencer Martin Navarra Chew -

Yes, there is an M.2 SSD slot on the left side of the motherboard. I’ve installed a 256GB SSD in the slot on my VT21

Bill Scharf - Reply

No, it’s clearly an mPCIE/mSATA slot, not m.2. The pin/notch configuration and retention screw position make it easy to identify.

You must be using a mPCIE or mSATA SSD.

Spencer Martin Navarra Chew -

Excuse the ignorance, but what would be the benefit (what does it do) of installing a M.2 SSD into that slot, pertaining to the Sony Tap 21’s (I have a SVT21225CXB).  Already thinking about replacing the actual hardrive with an SSD for speed (and larger capacity).

Shawn - Reply

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