The hard disk drive (HDD) in your Toshiba laptop is the
component that holds all the files and folders you use.
If you are running out of room on the hard disk drive
because of all the programs you have installed, it may be time to replace it
with a new one that has a larger capacity.
Replacing the hard disk drive on a Toshiba laptop is a
fairly straightforward and simple process, as you only need to remove one other
component to be able to reach the hard drive.
Save a backup copy of any file or program that you will need from the original
hard disk drive to an external device such as a CD-RW or USB flash drive.
Shut down the Toshiba laptop's operating system completely.
Disconnect the power cable if it was plugged in and then close
the top screen lid.
Flip the entire unit over so that the bottom end of the
laptop case is facing towards you.
Hold down the release latch for the Toshiba laptop's
Slide the laptop battery out of the case and then put it
Locate the screw at the upper-left corner of the case that
holds the CD or DVD drive into place.
Remove the screw and set it aside. Grab the edge of the CD
or DVD drive and then pull it away from the Toshiba laptop case. Set the drive
Remove the four screws holding the large square plastic
cover over the hard disk drive at the lower left end of the laptop case.
Lift the square plastic cover off the laptop case and set it
aside so that you can see the metal plate that covers the hard disk drive.
Take out the screws holding the metal plate in place.
Lift the metal plate out of the case and set it aside.
Remove the two screws at the top edge of the hard disk drive
and then the two screws at the bottom edge of the hard disk drive.
Disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard by sliding it
out towards you.
Lift the hard disk drive out of the case and set it aside.
Push the new hard drive into the open slot and then
reconnect the four screws.
Set the metal plate back on top of the new hard disk drive
and then attach its screws.
Put the plastic cover on and reattach the cover's screws.
Slide the CD or DVD drive back into its port and then
reconnect the screw.
Put the battery back into the Toshiba laptop.
Turn the laptop over and open up the screen.
Power the computer on. Insert the recovery disk that came
with the Toshiba laptop into the CD or DVD drive.
Follow the operating system installation instructions that
will appear on the screen.
Transfer the backup copies of the files you saved earlier
from the external device to the new hard drive.
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