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How to Remove a Hard Drive From a Laptop Computer

April 10, 2018 Jon 29 Comments

How to Remove a Hard Drive From a Laptop Computer

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This is a general video on how to remove the hard drive from a laptop computer. These steps may be a bit, and in some cases totally different, than what you have to do to get your hard drive out. But the general idea is the same, so if you follow these steps, you will be able to replace your hard drive.

First, get a service manual for your laptop. Some are very easy to find, others extremely difficult. You should be able to find a free copy of your somewhere around the internet though. An example of one is this for my laptop (Inspiron 17R Special Edition 7720): ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_inspiron_laptop/inspiron-17r-se-7720_Owner%27s%20Manual_en-us.pdf

Next, decide if you want to use an ESD strap or not. I have never used one and have never had a problem, but you could be the one in a million where it’s an issue. So if you want to live dangerously, just touch something metal to discharge your static before working on the laptop, and wear shoes. If you want to use an ESD strap, this is an example of what you would get: http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Anti-Static-Wrist-Adjustable-Grounding/dp/B00004Z5D1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376016306&sr=8-1&keywords=ESD+strap These just basically make it much harder for you to build up a static charge that you could shock a component with.

Next, shut down the laptop and remove all power sources from it. This includes the Wall plug, and the battery.

After this, it is time to disassemble the laptop to get to the hard drive. This can include several different methods. The easiest method is the one shown in the video where the hard drive can be found under the covers on the bottom of the laptop. Unfortunately, not all laptops are made like this. The next “class” is about as easy as the covers, where the laptop is in a slide out tray on the side of the laptop. Basically there will be 2-4 screws that you will have to remove, and then a tray will slide out from the side that has the hard drive in it. This is common on a few laptops, like Thinkpad/Lenovo T40, T42, etc, and some Dells like the XPS M1530 and XPS M1330. The next “class” would be having to remove the whole bottom to get to the hard drive. A good example of this is the 2011 Macbook Pros, where you have to take out 6 screws, and then the entire bottom comes out. Another version is where you’ll have to take all the screws out of the bottom, then take the keyboard out, then remove screws from under the keyboard, and then separate the laptop into 2 halves. This is the worst version to deal with, and can be seen on quite a few Acer models, older HP’s, and many Netbooks.

So once you know how you need to get to the hard drive, you can proceed with taking it apart. Make sure you have a system for keeping track of which screws go where. One method I use is taking a video of the disassembly process that I can rewatch to put it back together. Another method is to draw a rough picture of the laptop and put double sided tape over it. Then whenever you take a screw out, stick it on the picture where it goes.

So now you can start taking out the screws. Make sure to apply a decent amount of direct downward force, but not enough to break the plastic. If you try to apply pressure at an angle, or don’t use enough pressure, then you are much more likely to strip the screw and will create huge problems for yourself.

Some screws need to be taken out of the laptop entirely, while other screws stay embedded in the plastic. So if a screw seems stuck, don’t get out the needlenose and rail on it. Usually the trick is that if it’s difficult to get out, it’s supposed to stay in.

After you have take out the screws needed to get to the hard drive (you may have to repeat this step and the last multiple times if you laptop has layers to go through) pull on the plastic covering gently to remove it. Some of the plastic coverings will have clips that need to be gently removed, so apply a little force to stuck areas to test if there are clips, but generally if the plastic is not coming apart easily, it’s either not meant to come apart, or you forgot to take out a screw.

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  1. EpicPersonGaming
    April 10, 2018 - 12:30 pm

    Cool video! =)

  2. Jeverson Obang
    April 10, 2018 - 12:59 pm

    Im using a old second hand laptop and now its just all black, I noticed that the cylinder led light wasnt lighting up so i guess it means my hard drive has a problem, can i judt get a new hard drive and replace it? Or is my laptop dead

  3. Abin Benny
    April 10, 2018 - 1:29 pm

    thanks mahn very helpfull

  4. Alx Porrini
    April 10, 2018 - 1:29 pm

    Thank god for this video. I have to replace my Lenovo laptop’s hard drive because the hard drive broke. So I bought a new hard drive. The new hard drive doesn’t have a booting system because it’s bran new. So I got to down load it. Thanks again.

  5. Hunter Series
    April 10, 2018 - 1:38 pm


  6. Petko Tsonev
    April 10, 2018 - 1:49 pm

    hey thx for this well my laptop is HP I3,8GB RAM NO VIDEO CARD ):

  7. Rin Rin
    April 10, 2018 - 1:49 pm

    I'm trying to put my hard drive into my laptop but only has 2 screws should it be 4 or 2 for the hard drive?

  8. W Productions
    April 10, 2018 - 2:18 pm

    When you attach it back (if you do) will all data be back without installation stuff

  9. Felix
    April 10, 2018 - 3:06 pm

    Can someone please help me? at 7:53 and 8:07 it's clear that there's a little slot on the hard drive but it never gets plugged into anything. From my understanding hard drives have both SATA and Power Slots, so why is it that in this laptop only one of the slots of the hard drive gets plugged into?

  10. Weedster 6 7 9
    April 10, 2018 - 3:34 pm

    Did you reinstall the os?

  11. Elizabeth Ponce-Del Valle
    April 10, 2018 - 4:08 pm

    You have a great voice for tutorials. Thank you very much.

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    April 10, 2018 - 4:40 pm

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  13. Open Heavens
    April 10, 2018 - 4:40 pm

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  14. Piyush Thakor
    April 10, 2018 - 4:42 pm

    What is the modduler price

  15. ashik sebastian
    April 10, 2018 - 4:52 pm

    what is the thing u insert at 0:280:30??… will we get this thing with this case ?

  16. ashik sebastian
    April 10, 2018 - 5:12 pm

    what is the thing u insert at 0:280:30??… will we get this thing with this case ?

  17. ashik sebastian
    April 10, 2018 - 5:32 pm

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  18. Had-j Arevalo
    April 10, 2018 - 6:21 pm

    Can i use ds on my led tv?

  19. Cedric Villalobos
    April 10, 2018 - 6:59 pm

    No need for power supply???

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    April 10, 2018 - 7:05 pm

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    April 10, 2018 - 7:45 pm


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    April 10, 2018 - 8:13 pm


  23. Uday Rane
    April 10, 2018 - 9:02 pm

    What is that sata case which u attached to the hdd…. What its called? Also do it vary model to model?

  24. Not Found
    April 10, 2018 - 9:41 pm

    hahaha 0:57 man he fuckin have to cut the fuckin video to put the fucking screw into the fuckin hole…. omg

  25. pardeep tanwar
    April 10, 2018 - 10:29 pm

    Can it be use with otg computable mobile.

  26. Prateek Singh
    April 10, 2018 - 11:14 pm

    How can i get a external case please share the link

  27. Maxatal
    April 10, 2018 - 11:49 pm

    You really just need a data to USB adapter

  28. Makz mccoy
    April 11, 2018 - 12:03 am

    Thank you for posting this Video my friend.

  29. kanjariya jaydip
    April 11, 2018 - 12:53 am

    how to use desktop internal hdd as laptop internal hdd ?

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