How To Remove Hard Drive From Laptop Safely So You Can Use it Again

Here the 14 easy steps to remove hard drive from laptop.

Step 1: Tools Needed
Step 2: Safety Considerations
Step 3: Remove All Power Sources
Step 4: Remove Screws
Step 5: Remove More Screws
Step 6: Remove CD/DVD Reader
Step 7: Remove the Keyboard
Step 8: Remove Keyboard Cable
Step 9: Remove Strips
Step 10: Remove Strips (Continued)
Step 11: Remove More Screws
Step 12: Locate Hard Drive
Step 13: Remove Hard Drive Screws
Step 14: Pull Out Hard Drive

Personal computers are where many of us store our most valuable “things” (at least those that are digital in nature), such as family photographs. A computer may seem indestructible, but nothing lasts forever. If your computer were to malfunction, you would want to recover the hard drive so that you can use it with another computer.

This tutorial will lead you through the process of opening up your machine in order to remove the hard drive. Depending on which laptop you have, there are different ways to do this.


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The post goes into detail about what kind of screws you’ll need, but remember that these instructions assume that you have access to the underside panel at bottom of your laptop. If yours just has a cover that pops right off, then it’s harder to reach than you’d think because the keyboard and other components get in the way.

How To Remove Hard Drive

Step 1: Tools Needed

2. Safety Considerations

3. Remove All Power Sources

4.Remove Screws

5. Remove More Screws

Step 6: Remove CD/DVD Reader

Remove the yellow insert outline of the CD/DVD drive by pulling it up and out.

Step 7: Remove the Keyboard

To remove the keyboard, depress the four tabs (highlighted in red) at the top of the keyboard and lift it up in order to take it off.

Some keyboards have tabs that connect the pieces together and they require a screwdriver to separate the pieces. Use tabs of a jeweler’s screwdriver, which is available at any hardware store, to lift up on each of the pieces in order to separate them. Using one tab at a time, starting at one of the corners of your keyboard, then use both hands to pry apart that section of the keyboard quickly and effectively.

Tabs are a part of the casing, not the keyboard itself; in fact, they’re what give the keyboard its stability. Without tabs, keyboards would have no way to stay put while typing, making them unreliable and useless.

Step 8: Remove Keyboard Cable

To access the keyboard cable, lift the small black tab on the right-side of the keyboard. To gain better access, you will have to free your keyboard from all four tabs (outlined in black) by simply sliding it off and applying a little force. The keyboard wire is thin and delicate, so proceed with caution when accessing it.

Step 9: Remove Strips

In order to access the hard drive, you will need to remove the plate depicted above. To start, unplug the connectors associated with the red arrows (seen in the next step).

Step 10: Remove Strips (Continued)

Step 11: Remove More Screws

After that, unscrew the plate from the table (circle in red.) Then, just pull the dish off the table and put it away.

Step 12: Locate Hard Drive

As we have said before, you need to remove all of the screws in order to remove the hard disc from your laptop. It is a necessary part of the process so don’t leave anything out!

Step 13: Remove Hard Drive Screws

In order to access the components in the motherboard we first have to remove any screws that have been placed there. The hard disc is currently inside the laptop and must be removed prior to accessing it.

Step 14: Pull Out Hard Drive

Once you’ve done that, just slide the hard drive in the direction of the red arrow and pull it out. You’ll be done in a flash!

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