Introduction

The hard drive of a laptop is where all the data is stored. From your operating system to those pictures of your dogs, it's all located within this unassuming gizmo. If a hard drive fails, it can be catastrophic. Be sure to back up important data regularly!

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Image 1/1: Opening the inside of the laptop before it is completely off poses safety risk of electric shock.
  • Unplug and power off the laptop.

  • Opening the inside of the laptop before it is completely off poses safety risk of electric shock.

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  • Unscrew the two 9.0mm screws holding the battery in place using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: This doesn't require a lot of effort, so you don't have to pull too hard. Image 2/2: This doesn't require a lot of effort, so you don't have to pull too hard.
  • Grab the battery and pull it away from the laptop to remove it.

  • This doesn't require a lot of effort, so you don't have to pull too hard.

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  • Unscrew the 10 9.0 mm screws holding the back panel on using a Phillips head #1 screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Insert a metal spudger tool in the seam between the back cover and the laptop itself. Gently run the spudger around the edge to pop the cover off. Image 2/2: Insert a metal spudger tool in the seam between the back cover and the laptop itself. Gently run the spudger around the edge to pop the cover off.
  • Using a metal spudger can damage sensitive components.

  • Insert a metal spudger tool in the seam between the back cover and the laptop itself. Gently run the spudger around the edge to pop the cover off.

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Image 1/2: It is best to start around the USB port and work your way around the edge until the panel completely snaps off. Image 2/2: It is best to start around the USB port and work your way around the edge until the panel completely snaps off.
  • Pry up the back panel from the rest of the laptop using a spudger.

  • It is best to start around the USB port and work your way around the edge until the panel completely snaps off.

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  • Pull the two rubber stops upward to move them out of the way and free the hard drive.

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Image 1/1: This will require some force to slide the hard drive.
  • Slide the hard drive to the right towards the stops. This disconnects it from the motherboard.

  • This will require some force to slide the hard drive.

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  • The hard drive can be lifted out for replacement.

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Conclusion

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

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