Introduction

WARNING : Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in Before working inside your computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After working inside your computer.

To replace the hard drive of an Alienware 15, you will first need to remove the base panel. After that, you'll need to move some cables before you can get to the hard drive.

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  • After turning the computer off, close the display and turn the computer over.

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After the computer base (#1) is facing up, use a Philips screwdriver to remove the two captive screws (#2) which hold the base panel (#3) down.
  • After the computer base (#1) is facing up, use a Philips screwdriver to remove the two captive screws (#2) which hold the base panel (#3) down.

  • Then, use a spudger (#4) to lift up the panel. You can also use your fingernail to lift it as well.

  • After the front has been lifted up a bit, the non-screw side of the panel will need to be slid forward a little to finish lifting out the base panel from the computer.

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  • You don't need to disconnect the laptop's battery if you are only replacing the back panel: only perform this step if you will be handling or replacing the electrical components of the computer.

  • Disconnect the battery cable from the system board by pulling up on the battery connector (#1).

  • Turn the computer back over and open the display to the point where you can press the power button.

  • Press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to ground the system board so that you can safely remove components such as the RAM.

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  • CAUTION : Hard drives are fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive.

  • CAUTION : To avoid data loss, do not remove the hard drive while the computer is in sleep or on state.

  • Remove the keyboard-backlight cable, keyboard cable, and macro-keys cable from the routing guides on the computer base. You do not need to unlatch these cables from their connectors.

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  • Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base.

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  • Using the pull tab, disconnect the hard-drive cable from the system board.

  • Note the hard-drive cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base.

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  • Lift and slide the hard-drive assembly off the computer base.

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  • Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard-drive assembly.

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  • Lift the hard-drive bracket off the hard-drive assembly.

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  • Disconnect the interposer from the hard drive.

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  • Connect the interposer to the new hard drive. The new drive must be a 2.5 inch hard drive.

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  • Align the screw holes on the hard-drive bracket with the screw holes on the hard-drive assembly.

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  • Replace the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard-drive assembly.

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  • Slide the hard-drive assembly under the tab on the computer base and align the screw holes on the hard-drive assembly with the screw holes on the computer base.

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  • Replace the screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base.

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  • Route the hard-drive cable through the routing guides on the computer base.

    • Connect the hard-drive cable to the system board.

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  • Route the keyboard-backlight cable, keyboard cable, and macro-keys cable back through their routing guides on the computer base.

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Conclusion

If you have followed all these instructions, then your hard drive should be reinstalled!

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