Step 1 - Remove Screws
Flip the entire laptop over and remove the battery.
There are a total of 4 screws you need to remove as depicted in the red circles.
Begin removing one at a time.
Step 2 - Removing the Keyboard
After you remove the four screws from the bottom chassis, flip the laptop over and take a look at the keyboard area.
Now look carefully at the top corners of the keyboard, there is a
tiny little button that you need to push in order to release the
Push it inwards with your screw driver or finger.
Push both the release keys while pulling the entire keyboard towards you.
Gently lift up the keyboard towards you, while flipping it over.
The keyboard has been removed!
Step 3 - Removing the Palmrest
Looking inside, you will need to remove three screws as depicted in the red circles below.
Next, gently slide the entire palm rest chassis towards you.
Before you lift the palm rest, notice the delicate ribbon cable on
the underside. Then lift it upwards, flipping it over. Be careful not to
rip the ribbon cable that's connected!
You now have access to the hard drive!
Step 4 - Removing the Hard Drive
Remove three screws from the cage holding the hard drive as depicted below in the red circles.
Next, gently remove the SATA cable from the hard drive. It may
require a bit of effort to pull the SATA cable from the hard drive, just
try to be gentle. Note that there is tape over the SATA cable
underneath the hard drive making the SATA cable more difficult to pull
Be careful in this step not to rip the ribbon.
The hard drive is now removed!
The next step is to just remove the stock hard drive from its cage be
removing the screws on the edges and replace it with the hard drive of
your choice. Carefully screw it all back in place, slide the keyboard
back in and power on your system!
Replacing Toshiba 120GB hard drive 5400RPM with Seagate 100GB 7200RPM 2.5? Hard Drive.
Enter the BIOS by pushing on F2 key during the VAIO boot screen. Ensure the proper hard drive is listed in the BIOS.
Insert your Windows XP or Recovery DVD disc to begin installing the operating system!
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