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Introduction

If you wish to replace a failed hard drive or upgrade it to a larger drive or SSD, this guide will show you how to change the drive on the system.

Guide notes

  • This guide does not cover OS installation or backups. This is something you will need to figure out how to do.
  • If your system has a HDP on it, it may carry to your new hard drive. I recommend testing it with a junk drive first (if available), just to be sure.
  • You will need to figure out how to get install media for your particular system. If you wish to reinstall Windows, you can use the black Dell DVD or your custom media, if you made this when you purchased the system. If you have neither available, Dell will send you one set of media for your system, if it has not been previously requested. If this is the case, you can find these DVD's online very easily.
  1. It is possible to plug the laptop in to avoid hibernating the system. Locate the Hibernate option in the Start menu and allow the laptop to save the contents to the hard drive.
    • It is possible to plug the laptop in to avoid hibernating the system.

    • Locate the Hibernate option in the Start menu and allow the laptop to save the contents to the hard drive.

  2. Flip the laptop over, and unlock the 2 battery tabs. The tabs will remain unlocked until the battery is removed. Flip the laptop over, and unlock the 2 battery tabs. The tabs will remain unlocked until the battery is removed.
    • Flip the laptop over, and unlock the 2 battery tabs. The tabs will remain unlocked until the battery is removed.

  3. Extended runtime batteries "stick out" from the rear of the system on this model. Remove the battery. Pull the battery up from the back. Remove the battery. Pull the battery up from the back.
    • Extended runtime batteries "stick out" from the rear of the system on this model.

    • Remove the battery. Pull the battery up from the back.

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  5. This step does not apply if used as a prerequisite. Align the battery with the tabs on the chassis. Drop the battery in place once lined up. If needed, use light pressure to seat it in the computer. Align the battery with the tabs on the chassis. Drop the battery in place once lined up. If needed, use light pressure to seat it in the computer.
    • This step does not apply if used as a prerequisite.

    • Align the battery with the tabs on the chassis. Drop the battery in place once lined up. If needed, use light pressure to seat it in the computer.

  6. This step does not apply if used as a prerequisite.
    • This step does not apply if used as a prerequisite.

    • Turn the computer on and plug the charger in.

  7. The screw marked in orange is directly screwed into the chassis. This point WILL break if overtightended. To remove the hard drive from the computer, remove the two screws. Use the Phillips #1 bit. To remove the hard drive from the computer, remove the two screws. Use the Phillips #1 bit.
    • The screw marked in orange is directly screwed into the chassis. This point WILL break if overtightended.

    • To remove the hard drive from the computer, remove the two screws. Use the Phillips #1 bit.

  8. This step is not required if you are moving the drive to an identical Dell computer. To remove the drive clip, remove the Phillips #0 screw holding the hard drive to the clip. Once the screw is removed, remove the drive starting from the side with the screw.
    • This step is not required if you are moving the drive to an identical Dell computer.

    • To remove the drive clip, remove the Phillips #0 screw holding the hard drive to the clip.

    • Once the screw is removed, remove the drive starting from the side with the screw.

    • Remove the drive from the right side by removing the drive from the alignment pin.

  9. The bumpers are held on with double sided tape. This does not have to be replaced. Once the drive is removed from the clip, remove the rubber bumpers. Transfer them to your new drive. Once the drive is removed from the clip, remove the rubber bumpers. Transfer them to your new drive.
    • The bumpers are held on with double sided tape. This does not have to be replaced.

    • Once the drive is removed from the clip, remove the rubber bumpers. Transfer them to your new drive.

Conclusion

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

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