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Hi,

If it's connected through USB, then you can remove it like any removable storage (like USB flash drives).

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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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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