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Introduction

If your Asus ZenBook UX330U or UX330UA does not have enough storage, or there are issues accessing files, then you may need to replace or upgrade your storage device. Before using this guide, look at the troubleshooting page located here for possible fixes that do not require any disassembly. This guide can be used to remove M.2 SSD for the ASUS ZenBook UX330U or UX330UA.

Before beginning any device disassembly, please power off and unplug your device.

  1. Before starting any device dissasembly, please put on the anti-static bracelet provided by iFixit. Make sure the metal part of the bracelet is touching your skin. Remove the alligator clip at the end of the bracelet by simply pulling it off, to reveal the bullet connector. Insert the bullet connector into the ground port of an outlet.
    • Before starting any device dissasembly, please put on the anti-static bracelet provided by iFixit. Make sure the metal part of the bracelet is touching your skin.

    • Remove the alligator clip at the end of the bracelet by simply pulling it off, to reveal the bullet connector.

    • Insert the bullet connector into the ground port of an outlet.

    • Make sure to keep the bracelet on at all times while disassembling your device, to prevent ESD to the components.

  2. Power off the device and make sure it is physically unplugged before starting any disassembly procedures. Remove the eight 3.1mm screws using the T5 Torx screwdriver bit.
    • Power off the device and make sure it is physically unplugged before starting any disassembly procedures.

    • Remove the eight 3.1mm screws using the T5 Torx screwdriver bit.

    • Remove the longer 5.1mm screw using the T5 Torx screwdriver bit.

  3. Use a Jimmy or a spudger to pry off the two rubber feet that are closest to the hinge. Unscrew the two 5.6mm screws that were underneath the rubber feet using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit. The rubber feet may be difficult to remove. Do not hesitate to use more force to remove the feet, if necessary.
    • Use a Jimmy or a spudger to pry off the two rubber feet that are closest to the hinge.

    • Unscrew the two 5.6mm screws that were underneath the rubber feet using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit.

    • The rubber feet may be difficult to remove. Do not hesitate to use more force to remove the feet, if necessary.

  4. Press the suction handle on the center of the back cover, and gently lift up. You may need to wiggle the back cover as you lift it in order to take it off easily.
    • Press the suction handle on the center of the back cover, and gently lift up.

    • You may need to wiggle the back cover as you lift it in order to take it off easily.

  5. Unscrew the six 3.7mm screws using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit. Be extra cautious when handling the battery. If the battery looks swollen or damaged, consult this guide.
    • Unscrew the six 3.7mm screws using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit.

    • Be extra cautious when handling the battery. If the battery looks swollen or damaged, consult this guide.

  6. Remove the four 2.8mm screws from the motherboard ribbon connector using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit. You may have to pull back the black tape located on the bottom right motherboard connector screw. This tape is not necessary for the functionality of the device and can be discarded if necessary. You may have to pull back the black tape located on the bottom right motherboard connector screw. This tape is not necessary for the functionality of the device and can be discarded if necessary.
    • Remove the four 2.8mm screws from the motherboard ribbon connector using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit.

    • You may have to pull back the black tape located on the bottom right motherboard connector screw. This tape is not necessary for the functionality of the device and can be discarded if necessary.

  7. Remove the motherboard ribbon connector by pulling up on the metal ends with the blunt nose tweezers. You may have to hold down the black tape in order to be able to lift up the connector. To reconnect the motherboard ribbon, simply press the ends of the ribbon on top of the connector. This should require minimal force.
    • Remove the motherboard ribbon connector by pulling up on the metal ends with the blunt nose tweezers.

    • You may have to hold down the black tape in order to be able to lift up the connector.

    • To reconnect the motherboard ribbon, simply press the ends of the ribbon on top of the connector. This should require minimal force.

  8. Pull back the silver battery connector lock with the blunt nose tweezers. This should slide back and should require minimal force. Lift the battery connector vertically using the blunt nose tweezers to remove it from the socket. Lift the battery connector vertically using the blunt nose tweezers to remove it from the socket.
    • Pull back the silver battery connector lock with the blunt nose tweezers. This should slide back and should require minimal force.

    • Lift the battery connector vertically using the blunt nose tweezers to remove it from the socket.

  9. Gently lift the battery out of the chassis of the device. Make sure that you do not bend the battery.
    • Gently lift the battery out of the chassis of the device.

    • Make sure that you do not bend the battery.

  10. Unscrew the single 3.7mm screw holding down the M.2 SSD using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit. Unscrew the single 3.7mm screw holding down the M.2 SSD using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit. Unscrew the single 3.7mm screw holding down the M.2 SSD using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit.
    • Unscrew the single 3.7mm screw holding down the M.2 SSD using the Philips #0 screwdriver bit.

  11. Lift the M.2 SSD slightly, creating a 15-25 degree angle between the SSD and the rest of the motherboard. Slowly pull the M.2 SSD out. Apply a gentle force that is in line with the orientation of the SSD.
    • Lift the M.2 SSD slightly, creating a 15-25 degree angle between the SSD and the rest of the motherboard.

    • Slowly pull the M.2 SSD out. Apply a gentle force that is in line with the orientation of the SSD.

    • Do not attempt to lift the M.2 SSD more than it will go. Applying too much pressure may harm the M.2 SSD or the socket for the SSD.

Conclusion

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

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Hasan Akpunar

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Do you know the procedure to transfer the contents of the removed M.2 into the new M.2? Assuming the old one was working fine and you just want to upgrade to a larger memory M.2 - you can put the old one into a USB3 external case (I bought one for $10 on eBay) to make the transfer. Then you just need a bootable USB stick to put into the Zenbook. Boot up on the USB and format the new M.2 to match, I think this has to be Windows. Then you can use another bootable USB with Linux on it to make a bit-by-bit copy from the old one to the newly installed M.2 and all your applications and data will be good to go. Then you can format the old one and use it as an external drive. Did I get that right?

PJ Noxon - Réponse

Why is it necessary to remove the motherboard ribbon and battery, to replace the M.2 SSD media? It’s not blocked in by the battery.

Don Pitchford - Réponse

You need to remove the battery for safety reasons to replace the M.2 SSD. Technically, you don’t have to but then you risk damaging components since there is a chance of power going to them.

Hasan Akpunar -

Where can I a troubleshooting guide?

Vairamuthu Puvanachandran - Réponse

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