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how hard is it to change the hard drive on a laptop?

how does one normally go about this?


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It isn't difficult, but every one is different. Downloading the
service manual is the usual source of information. Or if
you post your model here, someone might have tips for you.



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On 22 Apr 2006 15:53:23 -0700, bob@coolgroups.com wrote:

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Most often, you unscrew a screw or two and pop a plastic
panel.  Then there might be friction tabs or another screw
down but it's obvious how to get the drive out.  You may
need a good quality very small phillips screwdriver to get
the screws out without mangling them- some laptop
manufacturers put thread-lock on the screws so there's a
good bit of torque needed to break them loose the first time
and you DON'T want to strip the head on one of those screws
even if you have to go out and buy a better screwdriver
first.  A typical decent screwdriver has a chromed shaft
then a black, higher carbon tip set into it.  Anyone who
owns a laptop or services them ought to get such a
screwdriver, IMO.

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what kind of laptop?

jm






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Generally not very but It depends on the laptop and your ability.
I have a panasonic tough book that has a door that the HD slides out
of, had a fujistu with a screw on cover over the HD on the bottom, on
my HP, I have to remove the keyboard to get at the HD.

It's also very easy to destroy something else while you're at it if
you're careless or klutzy.

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If it's not obvious where the hard drive is hiding, first thing is try
searching with google for 'replacing <your laptop model> hard drive'.
Or try your laptop manufacturers website. Here's an example from HP:
http://tinyurl.com/loqfs

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latitude c610


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This should be very easy, even for someone with little or no experience.

The hard drive on your laptop is located in the left top corner - as looking
at it in normal viewing/user mode - in the area underneath the ESC key.
It's basically inserted into the side of the case, much like the CD/DVD ROM.
Turn the laptop over and remove the small screw from the bottom of the case
that is securing the hard drive.  Then pull the hard drive out.  You might
have to exert a little force, but don't worry.  You won't hurt anything.

Dell uses a specially-designed "caddy" that houses the hard drive and holds
it in place.  Also, in the ones I've seen, there is a IDE pin adapter that
must connect to the hard drive pins before the hard drive will fit the
internal connector.  Don't let that scare you.  Just remove the hard drive
(you're actually removing the caddy) and look closely at things.  You will
see what I'm talking about.

You can consult the online C610 service manual here:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latc610/en/index.htm


good luck,


jm







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