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  • Michael Baker Jan 11, 2013

    I could get to the hard drive, but couldn't remove it because it is held into a metal cage with 2 small flathead screws on the bottom of the cage that I could not access.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 11, 2013

    what is the model no ? you might have to remove the cage if possible can you take a snap post it back did you watch the youtube video i sent a link is that your computer ?

  • Michael Baker Jan 13, 2013

    Thank you for the quick response! 1) I have no clue what the model number is. 2) I did look at the youtube video, and the machine you show looks (internally) just like mine, although mine is not quite the same -- clearly older. 3) I did try to remove the cage to access the hard drive. I see one screw at the top of the cage that I can remove (it's clearly visible in your video), but the cage does not seem to want to move, and I hesitate to pry on it very much. -- Michael Baker

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 13, 2013

    usually the hard drive are held in by 4 screws locared on this hard drives side you have to remove both side panels to access these screws there could be some sort of an opening to gain access with a screw driver

  • Michael Baker Jan 14, 2013

    You miss the point -- The hard drive is in a separate cage accessible toward the open side of the PC (the other side is not openable). -- Michael Baker

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 14, 2013

    like i said earlier need the model number to find details on hard drive removal if its not accessable from both sides the cage must be removable

  • Michael Baker Jan 15, 2013

    I finally located the model number: emachines T5010.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 15, 2013

    ok your hard drive is horizontalhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQToRwe74... Power down the computer. Unplug the power cord and any peripheral connections such as external drives, keyboards, mice and speakers.Turn the eMachine case around so that the back of the computer is facing you. Remove the two screws on the right side edge of the back of the case.Slide the left side of the case (on your right when looking at the rear of the case) towards the rear of the case. It will slide back and reveal the inside components of the computer.Locate the hard drive and hard drive bracket underneath the floppy drive and CD drive in the lower front of the case. Depending on the exact model of eMachine you have, the bracket and drives may be positioned either vertically or horizontally.Unscrew the three screws that hold the bracket in place. Pull the bracket with hard drives inside out of the case.Do not pull hard or take it too far from the case, as the cable connectors for the hard drive will still be connected to the drive. Grasp the end of the cable connector attached to the hard drive and pull it out. Grasp the end of the power supply cable to the hard drive and remove that as well. Remove the screws holding the hard drive in the bracket and slide the hard drive out of the bracket.if the new hard drive does not have jumper setting pins and covers next to the cable connector jack. Move the jumper on the new hard drive to cover the appropriate connection pins as specified by the hard drive's package instructions. The jumper settings may be referred to as CS (connection settings). Slide the new hard drive into the bracket and use the bracket screws to secure the hard drive inside the bracket.Place the bracket and hard drive back into the case and replace the screws that hold the bracket to the case's frame. Connect the cable connection to the back of the new hard drive verifying that it is firmly in place. Connect the power supply cable for the hard drive.Slide the computer case side panel back into place and replace the two screws. Reconnect the power cable and all peripheral connections.

  • Michael Baker Jan 16, 2013

    NO, the hard drive is vertical, exactly like the configuration visible in the video you refered to me a few days ago. As I said, it is in a cage that opens toward the open left side of the PC. I cannot access the two little screws on the bottom of the cage that hold the hard drive, nor can I get the cage itself loose. I can loosen the screw that seems to be holding the cage in, but the cage doesn't want to move!

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 16, 2013

    dont just loosen it remove the screw there must be other screws holding the cage in have you removed all connecting cables from your hard drive these might be catching

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Power down the eMachines computer and unplug it from the power outlet. Remove the left side panel from the computer case by removing the two screws or thumbscrews in the back and sliding the panel toward the back of the computer. Should the panel not move, check to make sure that there isn't a latch or switch on the rear of the computer case that needs to be slid downward in order to remove the panel. Not all cases will have this feature. Locate the hard drive; it should be in a 3 1/2-inch drive bay located beneath the computer's CD and DVD drives. If your computer has a floppy disc drive, the hard drive will most likely be located in a bay beneath it. Check the position of the floppy drive to make sure that you know which 3 1/2-inch drive it is. You should notice two cables plugging into the back of the hard drive; one of these is the power cable that comes from the power supply, and the other is a data cable that is connected to the computer's motherboard. Unplug the power and data cables from the rear of the hard drive, leaving nothing else plugged in to it. Remove the screws that hold it into its mounting bay, setting them aside until you need them for the new hard drive. Slide the old hard drive out of the mounting bay, being careful not to drop it or hit it against any of the motherboard's components. Set the drive aside and pick up your new hard drive, then slide the new drive into the same bay that you just took the old drive out of. Line the small holes in the side of the drive up with the holes in the mounting bay. Secure the new drive by screwing in the screws that you had previously removed, then plug in the power and data cables that you had unplugged from the previous drive. The cables will only plug in when oriented correctly, so you won't have to worry about accidentally plugging them in wrong. Once the cables have been plugged in you can put the side panel back onto the case and plug your eMachines computer in once again. Hope this helps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQToRwe74P8

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