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Removing hard drive

How do I remove and replace a hard drive on my laptop.

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Re: Removing hard drive

Hmm well your question is pretty generic... it really depends on the laptop... some have 1 drive, some have 2, some are easy 2 screws, some require pry tools

in general, get the service manual if it's available, as it will have detailed drawings and procedures...

If no manual is available, check the underside of the laptop for icons next to the screws, the harddrive icon could be a little harddrive, or it could be a "can" or a couple of stacked "cans"

Otherwise it might just have unmarked screws or an unmarked access panel, if so, just remove whatever, and take the hard drive out, then put it in.

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Re: Removing hard drive

Hi Pawlou, I understand that you want to know how to replace the hard drive on your laptop. I suggest you to please follow the below link for pictorial representation.

I am sure you will be able to replace the hard drive following the above link as it consists for pictures for your better understanding.

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Solution 1: Instructions for Performing the Power Discharge Procedure (ATX Reset)

Your computer has no power at all or cannot boot properly. In some situations this can be caused by an external device or an electrical problem. This can usually be solved by removing all external devices and resetting the power supply.

Instructions for laptops:

1. Disconnect all external devices you have.
2. Unplug the power adapter from the laptop.
3. Remove the battery pack from the laptop.
4. Press the power button and hold it for at least 15 seconds.
5. Reconnect the power adapter.
Do not yet reconnect the external devices, they should stay disconnected. Do not yet reseat the battery pack.
6. Switch your laptop on and test if it boots normally and watch if the power LED lights up.
7. If the power LED still does not lights up, continue with the next steps.
8. Disconnect the power adapter from the laptop.
9. Press the power button and hold it for at least 15 seconds.
10. Reseat the battery pack. Do not reconnect the power adapter.
11. Switch your laptop on and test if it boots normally.
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1. Unplug the power adapter from the laptop.
2. Remove the battery pack from the laptop.
3. Unplug and reconnect System Hard Drive. This is normally accessible by removing a panel at the bottom of the laptop or removing the back enclosure (see User Manual).
4. Reseat the battery.
5. Switch your notebook on and test if it boots normally

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Hi, do you have a floppy disk, cd or usb stick inserted in your computer? Try removing such items and reboot as it may be trying to read these before the hard drive.
Check the boot order, when you first turn on your computer, access the BIOS menu (may need to push Delete, or one of the function keys eg F2, F8, F12 etc).
Check the boot order to ensure the correct hard drive it listed. Try moving the hard drive to the first option and reboot.
If removing any cd, usb stick etc doesn't help, try removing the hard drive and see if you can access it from another computer. If you can't access it, your operating system nay be corrupt and you may need to reformat.

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Can you provide a step by step or idiot's guide (haha) to removing the hard drive in order to wipe it please?

  2. Open the Case...depending on the Make and Model of your computer this can either be an easy or diffiult task. If you've never opened your computer case, then I would consult your computer manufacturer on how to open it. On easy cases, there are a few screws at the back of the cover that connects it to the case and you'll need to remove those and then the side panels either slide of lift out.
  3. Once you have the case opened, you may want to ground yourself by touching a metal part on the case before touching the more sensitive areas of the computer components.
  4. Look toward the front of the case and you should see the CD ROM drive enclosure and somewhere nearby is the harddrive. It's a metal box about 3" by 5" and should be supported by guide rails on each side.
  5. In the back of the hard drive, you'll see two cables: a power cable and the cable that attaches to the motherboard.
  6. First detach the cable that goes to the motherboard.
  7. Then grab the power cable by the white connector that's plugged into the hard drive. You may need to squeeze both sides of the connector to pull it out of the hard drive.
  8. Once you have all the cables detached, you may need to take the screws out that connects the hard drive to the rails.
  9. Once those are removed the hard drive should slide out easily. I'll include photos of an IDE hard drive, so you can tell what a typical hard drive looks like. Remember it may differ a little from the one that I've posted.
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> is is hard to replace the keyboard

Trivial, for a "desktop" computer.

Not so trivial for a laptop computer -- you need to purchase an identical keyboard from the manufacturer of the computer, and you need to be very careful when disconnecting and removing the old keyboard. This latter job is best "farmed-out" to a qualified technician, to get it done correctly and safely and without damaging the laptop.

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If your hard drive will not be detected, be sure that your hard drive is connected correctly. Check you hard drive if it is plug in the power and the SATA or IDE cable.

Have you experience having trouble by this error, DISK BOOT FAILURE.
This is a hard drive problem witch is not correctly connected.

If your hard drive are correctly connected, try yo first boot your hard drive in the BIOS.

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When you say you turn it on, do any of the lights on the laptop light up? Does it make any beeps?

Have you done anything to your laptop or has anything happened that you think might have caused this?

Start off by simplifying your setup as much as possible to eliminate any outside influences.

Remove anything plugged into the laptop. Then unplug power and remove the battery. With battery out and power disconnected, hold down the power switch 15 seconds (this can clear out a corrupt BIOS).

Reconnect only AC power and try to power up. Verify your AC power has a power light lit up and all connections are snug.

If no go, try only with the battery and no AC.

Still no go, remove battery and any removable drive (CD, DVD, etc.). Connect AC power and retry boot.

If you feel comfortable removing the hard drive, remove it and retry boot.

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if thats not so. go into the mother boards bios and have it set so that it auto see the hard drive,

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