Question about Sony VAIO VGN-N250E/B Notebook

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Need to remove and replace, however Sony doesn't make it easy. Need the directions on which screws to remove to get to the hard drive. step by step diagram would be helpful

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  • yblee Aug 01, 2009

    This is the VGN--N250E - Model PCG-7X1L

    I've taken out many hard drives on various models, including Dell and Toshiba. Sony does not make it as easy as other manufacturers.

    There is a panel on the bottom with one screw, however, this area holds the memory modules for the unit. From speaking with the Sony support team, the hard drive is under the keyboard. That's why i'm looking for instructions on what I need to remove in order to get to release the keyboard and remove the hard drive.

    So, back to my original request: I need to find the instructions on "taking apart" this laptop to the point where I can remove the hard drive.

    Do you have access to that?

  • yblee Aug 01, 2009

    Great job. Exactly what I needed.



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You need to replace the hard drive? Please confirm the laptop model, is it VAIO VGN-N250E/B? If not, which model? Thanks.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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  • Ekse Jul 31, 2009

    On the VNG-N250E Check the bottom of the laptop, there is a cover that is hold closed with 1 screw, unscrew the screw and open the cover, do you see the hard drive in there?

    Probably something similiar to this:

  • Ekse Aug 01, 2009

    Well I own a similiar but older sony vaio that had the hard drive under the touchpad.

    I do have a service manual for VGN-N series laptops.
    I see that to remove the hard drive you need to remove battery, keyboard, palmrest and then get to hdd.

    to remove the keyboard there is one screw in the bottom of the laptop.

    Release five(5) tabs from the bottom of the keyboard that hold it in place.

  • Ekse Aug 01, 2009

    rotate the keyboard from the bottom to remove

    to remove the keyboard completely from the laptop disconnect the keyboard cable from the motherboard.

    After this you will have to remove the palmrest that has the touchpad on it.

    Can I have your email I'll send you the rest of the steps in a PDF so I don't need to write them all out here? Thanks.

  • Ekse Aug 01, 2009

    to remove the plamrest you will need to unscrew all the screws in the bottom of the laptop, and one from under the memory cover. to get the top of the laptop come off (palmrest)

    after that you see the motherboard and the hard drive in the bottom left corner.

  • Ekse Aug 01, 2009

    Hi again,

    I placed the service manual for you here

    Please download the manual and and accept the solution.

    It will contain all you need.
    Thank you,

  • pjpeter2 Nov 17, 2010

    Hi Ekse, Do you still have that e-mail or the rest of the steps? I'm helping a friend over IM to replace their HDD after their laptop failed and I haven't seen the unit myself to get any sort of idea on how it would work physically, so all these pics are very useful.


  • pjpeter2 Nov 17, 2010

    The link is down and I didn't see this until after - sorry about that - but I got the service manual elsewhere so I'm good - thanks.



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