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Turn the computer off at the wall and disconnect the cable
open up the cabinet
pull the connections off the hard drive
remove the screws holding the hard drive in place and remove
if it is an old disc type hard drive and it is faulty, replace it with a solid state hard drive ( no moving parts)
because the hard drive contains the operating system, the fitment of a new hard drive will require you to get into the bios boot tab and change first boot from hard drive to first boot cd that has an operating system cd installed
to get to the bios immediately after pressing the on button, hold down the delete button until the bios screen appears

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Plug the sata cable back into the motherboard and into the hard drive. Plug the power cable back into the hard drive. Plug the power cable back into the computer.
Boot computer and enter bios(by pressing F8, Enter, Del ect..) Does the hard drive show in there now?
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How do I get the hard drive out


1 Unplug the computer. As a safety precaution the hard drive removal should not be attempted while the computer is still plugged into the house current.
2 Pull the cover off the computer. This should be as simple as removing a few screws and sliding off the cover. If the process seems more involved that this, then consult your owner’s manual for the computer.
3
Locate the hard drive.The hard drive usually comes in the shape of a black-plastic rectangular box enclosed in a metal casing. It is linked to other components by a unique connecting device that is easily recognizable. This device is a long plastic ribbon-like cord that has a long interlocking and connecting device attached to it.
4 Remove the metal housing. This should be as simple as removing a few screws.
5
Disconnect the hard drive. All you have to do is pull the interlocking end of the lock ribbon cord until it coves free. This should not require an extraordinary amount of strength. It is similar to pulling an electrical cord from a wall socket.
Read more: How to Take a Hard Drive Out of a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4450021_take-hard-drive-out-computer.html#ixzz0qvQCfJhS
  • Step 6 Unscrew anything that is still holding the hard drive in place and then pull the hard drive unit out of the computer. Now you can externally hook the hard drive to another computer to double check the data base. For this you will need an external holder, which you can purchase for $25 to $50 at your local computer store. Or you can add the hard drive unit to the inside of another computer tower.

  • Read more: How to Take a Hard Drive Out of a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4450021_take-hard-drive-out-computer.html#ixzz0qvQ9MXYe
  • Step 5 Disconnect the hard drive. All you have to do is pull the interlocking end of the lock ribbon cord until it coves free. This should not require an extraordinary amount of strength. It is similar to pulling an electrical cord from a wall socket.

  • Read more: How to Take a Hard Drive Out of a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4450021_take-hard-drive-out-computer.html#ixzz0qvQ5WTOQ
  • Step 4 Remove the metal housing. This should be as simple as removing a few screws.
  • Step 5 Disconnect the hard drive. All you have to do is pull the interlocking end of the lock ribbon cord until it coves free. This should not require an extraordinary amount of strength. It is similar to pulling an electrical cord from a wall socket.

  • Read more: How to Take a Hard Drive Out of a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4450021_take-hard-drive-out-computer.html#ixzz0qvQ1AnQp
  • Step 3 Locate the hard drive.The hard drive usually comes in the shape of a black-plastic rectangular box enclosed in a metal casing. It is linked to other components by a unique connecting device that is easily recognizable. This device is a long plastic ribbon-like cord that has a long interlocking and connecting device attached to it.
  • Step 4 Remove the metal housing. This should be as simple as removing a few screws.
  • Step 5 Disconnect the hard drive. All you have to do is pull the interlocking end of the lock ribbon cord until it coves free. This should not require an extraordinary amount of strength. It is similar to pulling an electrical cord from a wall socket.
  • Step 6 Unscrew anything that is still holding the hard drive in place and then pull the hard drive unit out of the computer. Now you can externally hook the hard drive to another computer to double check the data base. For this you will need an external holder, which you can purchase for $25 to $50 at your local computer store. Or you can add the hard drive unit to the inside of another computer tower.

  • Read more: How to Take a Hard Drive Out of a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4450021_take-hard-drive-out-computer.html#ixzz0qvPuIEwv
  • Step 2 Pull the cover off the computer. This should be as simple as removing a few screws and sliding off the cover. If the process seems more involved that this, then consult your owner’s manual for the computer.
  • Step 3 Locate the hard drive.The hard drive usually comes in the shape of a black-plastic rectangular box enclosed in a metal casing. It is linked to other components by a unique connecting device that is easily recognizable. This device is a long plastic ribbon-like cord that has a long interlocking and connecting device attached to it.
  • Step 4 Remove the metal housing. This should be as simple as removing a few screws.
  • Step 5 Disconnect the hard drive. All you have to do is pull the interlocking end of the lock ribbon cord until it coves free. This should not require an extraordinary amount of strength. It is similar to pulling an electrical cord from a wall socket.
  • Step 6 Unscrew anything that is still holding the hard drive in place and then pull the hard drive unit out of the computer. Now you can externally hook the hard drive to another computer to double check the data base. For this you will need an external holder, which you can purchase for $25 to $50 at your local computer store. Or you can add the hard drive unit to the inside of another computer tower.

  • Read more: How to Take a Hard Drive Out of a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4450021_take-hard-drive-out-computer.html#ixzz0qvPnVKmo

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