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How do I get the hard drive out of this machine. I have removed the side took out the three screws that I saw around the hard drive enclosure removed the power and ide cable from the drive but it will not come out.

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You have to open other side of cabinet and remove all the screws of hard disk which is attached with hard disk. then it will come out...........

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Have you removed the other side cover and removed the screws from that side? I have always hated how OEM computers do that, such a hassle when only one side needs screws.

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There is a screw on the bottom of the machine. Gotta remove that, too.

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How to change a pc hardrive


It is actually pretty simple to do. First of all, make sure you have a backup.
1. Open you computer case. You will likely have to open both sides, unless you have a hard drive enclosure, so check your computer manual on how to do so.2. Pull out the power and SATA cables (will be red and thin). You will need them when you install the new hard drive.3. Unscrew the hard drive. If it is in a hard drive enclosure, it will likely be held by thumbscrews. Unscrew the thumbscrews holding the enclosure to the case and then unscrew the hard drive.4. Place the new hard drive into the computer or enclosure and screw in. If in an enclosure, screw the drive into that and then enclosure back into the computer.5. Plug in the cables that you took out of the old hard drive.6. Close the case, install operating system if it was replacing the hard drive that had it, and you should be good to go.
This video should help if you are confused:
Here is a video that will show you how to replace your hard drive:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN59W-56p3I

Mar 28, 2012 | HP Computers & Internet

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I do have a problem with my presario M2000 Compaq laptop which whenever i open the laptop, it keep asking me password. Futhermore, my dvd rome cannot response to cd. can u help me. Tq


  1. Disconnect the power cable and any printers, monitors or other peripherals you may have attached your M2000. Lay the laptop face down on a table, with the front of the laptop facing you. Remove the battery by sliding the release latch to the left. The front end of the battery will pop up. Rotate the battery toward the back of the laptop to disengage it from the laptop base.
  2. Locate the hard drive on the right side of the laptop. Remove the two screws holding the hard drive cover in place and remove the cover. The hard drive will have a mylar tab on it to help remove it. Grab the tab and lift up on the left side of the hard drive until it disconnects from the motherboard. Pull the hard drive straight up to remove it from the hard drive bay.
  3. Remove the single screw holding the optical drive in place. Stick the end of a bent paper clip into the disk tray release hole on the optical drive, located on the front of the disk tray. This will eject the disk tray. Grab the tray and slide the optical drive out of the laptop base.
  4. Remove the memory modules. The memory compartment is located in the center of the M2000. Remove the two screws holding the cover in place and remove the cover. Use your fingers to spread the latches on the sides of the memory modules and slide the modules out of the sockets.
  5. Remove the mini PCI card by first removing the last cover on the bottom of the M2000. Remove the screws on the cover and remove the cover to reveal the mini PCI card. Disconnect the white and black wireless antenna cables from the card. Spread the latches on the sides of the card and slide it out of the socket. Disconnect the antenna cables from the clip attaching them to the laptop base.
  6. Remove the keyboard cover and LED board by first removing the two screws in the battery bay. These hold the keyboard cover in place. Flip your laptop over and open it up. Slide a flat-head screwdriver into the notch behind the "F1" key to unlock the keyboard cover. Do the same thing at the "F5," F11," and "Insert" keys. Pull the cover up to remove it. The LED board is under the cover. Disconnect the data cable from the motherboard and remove the two screws holding the board in place. Remove the board.
  7. Remove the keyboard by first removing the four screws holding the keyboard in place. Lift the back end of the keyboard up and tip it over so it is resting face down on the palm rest of your M2000. Disconnect the data cable from the motherboard and remove the keyboard.
  8. 8 Remove the display panel by first disconnecting the video cable from the motherboard. Disconnect the wireless antenna cables from the clips attaching them to the top cover of your laptop. Remove the six screws holding the display panel in place. Lift the display panel off of the laptop base.
  9. Remove the base enclosure by removing the three screws on the top of the laptop connecting the top to the base enclosure. Flip the laptop over and lay it face down with the front toward you. Remove the 18 screws holding the base enclosure in place. Lift the rear end of the base enclosure up until it comes free from the laptop. Once it's free, slide it back to remove it.
  10. Disconnect and remove any remaining components including the speakers, Bluetooth module and USB card. All of them are removed by the same procedure. Disconnect the cables from the motherboard and remove any screws holding the components in place. Lift the components straight up to remove them.
  11. Disconnect the fan cable running from the cooling unit to the motherboard. Remove the three screws holding the cooling unit in place and lift it straight up to remove it. To remove the CPU, turn the locking screw counter-clockwise until it clicks. Grab the CPU by the edges and lift it straight up. Put the CPU in an antistatic bag for safekeeping.
  12. Remove the motherboard by first disconnecting the touchpad cable and remove the five screws holding the motherboard in place. Lift it up by the left side and remove it from the enclosure.
  13. please comment on these solution by saying how helpful.rating or voting.

Dec 24, 2010 | Compaq Presario M2000 Notebook

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How to take the outer casing off a maxtor one touch external hard drive


  • Feel along the back and bottom side of your Maxtor external hard drive. Depending on the specific model of hard drive you have the unit may have screws or plastic latches inside the case. Pull of the warranty sticker and check to see if the screws are located underneath it if you don't see any screws anywhere else. Pull out the rubber stoppers at the bottom of the external hard drive case and check if the screws are located underneath. Remove the screws if your model of Maxtor external hard drive has them. Insert a thin and flat object such as a flat head screwdriver between the seams of the two sides of the case if there are no visible screws. Run the flat object around the length of the external hard drive case until it hits a plastic latch. Wiggle the object up and down until the latch disengages. Continue sliding the screwdriver along the sides until all the latches are disengaged. Pull the two sides of the Maxtor external hard drive case apart to reveal the actual hard drive enclosure inside. Remove the screws holding the hard drive into its metal cage. Pull the existing hard drive unit out the metal cage and replace it with the new hard drive. Reassemble the unit and plug it back into your computer.

Oct 27, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I want to replace HDD on my HP ProBook 4510sand I don't know how help somone.


Hard Disk Drive removal
  1. Review the safety considerations before performing the steps listed below by clicking on the following link: CAUTION: Failure to comply with the precautions could result in damage to your product or loss of data. CAUTION: Observe all precautions when removing and replacing components.
  2. Remove the battery, switch cover, keyboard, and palm rest.
  3. Remove the two silver 3mm P000 Phillips-head screws from the left side of the hard disk drive bracket.
  4. Loosen the captive P1 Phillips-head screw on the right side of the hard disk drive bracket.
  5. Use the black Mylar tab located on the hard disk drive enclosure to slide the hard disk drive away from the hard disk drive connector on the system board.
  6. Remove the hard disk drive from the hard disk drive bay.
  7. Place the hard disk drive in an electrostatic dissipating bag.
Hard Disk Drive replacement
  1. 1. Remove the hard disk drive from the electrostatic dissipating bag.
  2. Place the hard disk drive into the hard disk drive bay and align it with the hard disk drive connector on the system board.
  3. Use the black Mylar tab located on the hard disk drive enclosure to slide the hard disk drive securely onto the system board connector.
  4. Tighten the captive P1 Phillips-head screw on the right side of the hard disk drive bracket.
  5. Replace the two silver 3mm P000 Phillips-head screws on the left side of the hard disk drive bracket.

Sep 19, 2010 | HP ProBook 4510s FM849UT Notebook

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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

Mar 19, 2010 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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SimpleTech Pro Drive 3.5'' how to disassemble


Three screws to slide off the side panel are hidden under two of the feet, and the "void if removed" sticker.

Nov 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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I can't remove the HD from the case


It took me a bit to figure it out, so here it is.

1. Pry off the aluminum plate from the back side. Its held on with a rubber cement like glue. Use a thin blade to get under the plate and work it around the perimeter and it will lift off easily.

2. Remove the two screws that are now exposed. The back cover or "end plug" can be pulled off now.

3. Grab the front "plug"and pull and the drive tray will slide out. The Drive is attached with 4 screws to the tray. With the drive screws removed, the drive can be rocked out gently ..lifting the front of the drive up and out of the tray. Now you can get access to the power and data cables so that they can be unplugged. The drive is now free.

I have 2 of these drives and both have poor power connections at the drive enclosure back connector. One finally failed completly, so I removed the drive form the I/O Magic enclosure and directly connected it to an IDE port in my desktop. The hard drive worked perfectly,so I was able to get my data recovered. I plan to cut off the power cord connector and directly wire it to the enclosure, to eliminate the bad connector design.

I bet most all the trouble that people are having with this series external drive is caused by the bad power connection.

Hope this has helped.

Mar 13, 2009 | IO Magic Corporation GigaBank (I250HD35)...

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How to open the case safely (without damaging it)?


Remove all screws from the enclosure, and then slide a then metal (non magnetic) slide to pop the clips off of the sides of the enclosure, lengthwise. You can do it without breaking the plastic

Jul 13, 2008 | Buffalo Technology MiniStation Turbo 120...

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Hard drive removal


Remove the hard drive
  1. Loosen the two Phillips-head screws that secure the hard drive cover to the bottom of the notebook.
  2. Use your finger or a flat-bladed tool to lift the inside edge of the hard drive cover and remove it.
  3. Loosen the spring-loaded Phillips-head screw that secures the hard drive.
  4. Hold the Mylar tab and pull the hard drive toward the outside edge of the base enclosure to disconnect the hard drive from the system board connector.
  5. Lift the hard drive out of the bay and remove.
  6. Place the hard drive in a static dissipative bag.
Replace the hard drive
  1. Remove the hard drive from the static dissipative bag.
  2. Place the hard drive into the hard drive bay.
  3. Push the hard drive toward the inside of the base enclosure until the connector is seated.
  4. Tighten the spring-loaded Phillips-head screw that secures the hard drive.
  5. Insert the hard drive cover into the enclosure.
  6. Tighten the two Phillips-head screws.

Nov 16, 2007 | HP Pavilion Ze4805us Notebook

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