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Can't remove hard drive panel

I need to replace the hard drive. Can't remove the hard drive panel. one screw, removed, the door simply won't come off.

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Re: Can't remove hard drive panel

Slide it one way or the other it hooks into the chassis.

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Need to take cover off a HP all in one computer that has lock. Need to replace hard drive. How do I get if off?

I never knew a computer came in All-In-One's. That's for Multifunction Printers. Anyway, if you're asking how to get to the hard drive it's simple.

If you're talking about a desktop, then you simply remove the outer case usually secured by 4 or less screws. Then you can remove the hard drive which might have screws or some type of bracket holding it in place.

If you're talking about a laptop in most cases you simply turn the laptop over and on the bottom look for a cover that has 3 or 4 circular disks on it. That's the hard drive. Remove the screws that is holding the cover, then you will see the drive. The drive might be secured by screws also and it might be inside of what is called a caddy which has screws. Remove all screws to get the drive.

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Remove a hard drive

Depending upon your model laptop, the hard drive may be located behind a panel on the bottom of the laptop or it may be located on the side of the laptop and the retaining screw/s will be on the bottom of the laptop.
When you remove the panel the hard drive will be screwed to a hard drive caddy. Remove the screws on the caddy to release the hard drive. Keep these screws as you will need them to fix the hard drive to the caddy.

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How to replace hdd on MSI M670 laptop?

Laptop hard drives are usually behind one of the panels on the back of the laptop.

Older laptops would have two screws on the side that the drive pulls out of the side of the computer.

Newer laptops the hard drive is inside.

Remove the four screws on the drive caddy and the hard drive simply pulls out the caddy. Order a replacement and reverse the disassembly instructions.

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How do you replace a hard drive on toshiba 1715 xcds

Before starting you will need to make sure you have a small cross-head screwdriver. Also make sure that you do not have wet hands!
Power off the laptop and unplug it. Turn it over so that the base is facing upwards. Now look for a panel with a Hard Disc Drive symbol on it, the symbol will look something like this:
Remove the screws from this panel (making sure to put them somewhere safe so that you son't lose them). You should then see something like this:
Its them simply a matter of sliding the disc drive out from the contacts (in the photo above you would slide it to the left, if it doesn't seem to work one way try the other, it may need a firm push, but don't be too rough). One the drive has been slid away from the contacts, simply lift it out.
The drive will almost certainly be in a "cradle", a metal panel screwed to the hard disc which keeps it in place when the computer is assembled (see photo below).
You will need to remove the cradle, which will involve removing about 4 screws from the long edges. Do not lose the cradle or the screws. Also take note of the orientation of the cradle with respect to the hard disc, as to put the new one in, you will need to put the cradle on the new drive before putting the drive into the laptop.
Just follow the above instructions in reverse to put the new drive in. If you need further guidance, the tutorial below is quite good (its where I got the images from):
Good luck.

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I have the aspire 3680 but it hasa mk8034gsx-si hard disk that has gone bad what do i do?

You may need to re-place the hard disk if it gone bad, the picture shows it procedure of replacement.

The hard drive can be easily accessed from the bottom of the laptop. Simply remove the hard drive door, remove four screws securing the hard drive caddy, disconnect the hard drive from the connector on the motherboard and remove it from the laptop.
After that remove all screws securing the hard drive to the caddy and transfer the caddy to the new hard drive.
Hope this helps, if so rate the solution

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I have a Toshiba satellite L300 laptop, and I need to replace the power socket. I've opened the machine up with no problem, but the wires from the socket to the motherboard run under the dvd drive. I...

Usually the drive is retained by one screw, further in than the size of the drive itself, you have to release the door, pull the screw (or two) and the entire drive slides out.

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How to replace a dead hard drive

you need this hard drive,

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simply remove the plastic cover from rear of laptop. a small icon or image of HDD insignia will most likely be on back, near plastic cover. remove the screws, there will be a tab to assit you in pulling out the hard drive from compartment. it may require you to unscrew more screws to release the hard disk drive.

once removed replace with the new one.

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I need to install a new hard drive .. how do I do


  1. urn the laptop over. Position your laptop in the direction so that the Toshiba label, on the bottom of the hard panel, is facing you. Your Toshiba label is positioned correctly if it is positioned on the upper-left side of the external hard panel. Remove the battery pack from the bottom your Toshiba laptop to be sure it is powered off.
  2. Step 2 Remove your laptop's external hard panel. This panel is the external plastic layer on the back of your computer to cover and protect your computer's most important hardware components. The screws you need to remove are located on the four outermost corners of the bottom of your laptop. Follow the chart guide listed in Tips for screw and screw driver compatibility and removal. Distance your screws from your workstation to avoid mixing them up and/or losing them.
  3. Step 3 Locate your hard drive panel drawer door when you have totally removed the external hard panel. It is located where the smaller door in the bottom-right panel was before your removed the external hard panel. Your hard drive will be locked into this specific drawer door and the computer itself. Completely unlock the hard drive and remove the drawer from your laptop.
  4. Step 4 Remove the entire hard drive from the drawer door. Hold the hard drive on all sides to ensure that you do not drop it. Place the removed hard drive in an enclosure area to avoid damage of any kind.
Place the new hard drive in and put it back up.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.


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How do you replace a Gateway LT1005u hard drive?

with the laptop upside down there will be a hard drive cover. On most Gateway machines, labels and stickers are often placed on the hard drive panel.
Remove the two screws. MAKE SURE you keep these screws in a safe place
Slide the enclosure out of the laptop.BE CAREFUL and slow as to NOT damage the drive.
Turn the enclosure over. The drive will be screwed to the enclosure. NOTE as This is actually an anti-static container, so again be careful when removing, to avoid static
Remove the screws to actually remove the drive. keep these screws as may be needed for the replacement hard drive

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Hard drive removal? Satellite 1405-S151

How to Add or replace your Hard Drive

1. Turn off the notebook, remove the power cord & battery

2. Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws that hold the hard drive compartment panel in place. (on the bottom of your laptop)

3. Gently lift the panel and slide it out.
4. You'll discover that the hard drive is bolted to the panel with four screws. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws. Separate the hard drive from the panel.
5. Slip the new hard drive into the panel and align the screw holes. Replace the screws.

6. Put the panel back into place and make sure it locks
in securely.

7. Replace the two screws that hold the compartment panel in place.

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