Introduction

There are many reasons to replace your hard drive. You may be running out of storage space or want to upgrade to a solid state drive. Perhaps you are encountering errors with your data. This guide will get you fixed up in no time.

Ensure the laptop is powered down prior to beginning.
  • Ensure the laptop is powered down prior to beginning.

  • Turn the laptop over with the battery closest to your body.

  • The battery release is just above the left side of the battery.

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Insert a small tipped screwdriver or similar tool into the release.
  • Insert a small tipped screwdriver or similar tool into the release.

  • Gently slide the release all the way to the left.

  • You should hear a sound after the slide is all the way left. This lets you know the battery has disengaged.

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  • With your hands on each end of the battery, carefully pull towards your body to remove.

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  • Using a #0 Phillips screwdriver, remove a total of eighteen identical 8mm Phillips screws and set them aside.

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  • Rotate the laptop 180 degrees so that the battery compartment is now furthest away from your body.

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  • Turn the laptop over so that you can easily open the screen to a vertical position.

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  • Put your fingers under the top of the keyboard assembly directly below the Acer logo.

  • Carefully pull up on the center until you hear the tabs disengage from the bottom.

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  • Work your way around the seam with the plastic opening tool carefully prying the base and top cover apart.

  • If you have difficulty with the plastic opening tool, use a metal spudger but be more cautious to not damage or mar your laptop case.

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  • When the two halves are separated, carefully lift up the front of the keyboard and touchpad assembly.

  • You will see three ribbon cables attached to the motherboard.

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  • Closest to the ribbon cable on the zero insertion force (ZIF) connector is a white locking tab.

  • Carefully lift up on the locking tab with the plastic opening tool to release the ribbon cable. (Picture 2)

  • Remove the ribbon cable from the connector.

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  • Closest to the ribbon cable on the ZIF connector is a black locking tab.

  • Carefully lift up on the locking tab with the plastic opening tool to release the ribbon cable. (Picture 2)

  • Remove the ribbon cable from the connector.

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  • On each side of the large connector there are two white tabs.

  • Carefully push away from you with the plastic opening tool on each white tab to release the cable. (Picture 2)

  • Remove the ribbon cable from the connector.

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  • Once all three ribbon cables are disconnected, lift off the top cover with the keyboard and touchpad.

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  • The hard drive and carriage are at the lower right of the laptop.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, carefully lift up on the black locking tab of the ZIF connector to release the USB port ribbon cable.

  • Move the USB port ribbon cable out of the way

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  • Using a #0 Phillips screwdriver, remove the two 4mm screws securing the hard drive carriage in place.

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  • Hold the right side of the laptop in place with your right hand.

  • Put the fingers of your left hand along the top edge of the hard drive carriage.

  • Push the hard drive carriage towards your right hand to disconnect it from the motherboard.

  • This procedure may require more force then other procedures.

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  • Lift up on the edge of the hard drive carriage closest to your body to remove the carriage.

  • If doing the motherboard replacement guide, skip the next step.

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  • There are two 3mm Phillips screws holding the hard drive into the carriage. One on either side of the carriage.

  • Hold the hard drive carriage with your non-dominant hand along one side. Ensure one of the Phillips screws is visible.

  • Using a #0 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 3mm screw to release the side of the hard drive from the carriage.

  • Repeat the two previous procedures to remove the second 3mm Phillips screw freeing the hard drive from the carriage.

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Conclusion

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

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