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How do I remove the hard drive in Toshiba SatellitePro A10 EN? (Removing the plastic cover exposes only the end of the hard drive. I'm reluctant to just start pulling on it!

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I am still running this great little laptop. You have to use 2.5 inch PATA drives. the laptop is too old to use SATA or SSD drives.

I have 3 hard disks which are kept in their own metal cradles. I adapted other Toshiba cradles to fit the A10 model. The small screws that hold the hard disk in the caddy are easily bought from EBay or similar.

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  • The original Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 HDD is fitted into a Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 Hard Disk Drive cradle - Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 HDD caddy.

      • Gently remove the cradle from the laptop, yes pull on it
      • Unscrew the original Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 Hard Disk Drive & remove it from the cradle.
      • Screw the new Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 Hard Disk Drive into the cradle & refit the cradle into the laptop.
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          Having difficulty spitting the housing to remove Hard Drive


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          This is indicative that your motherboard through the BIOS/CMOS is not auto-detecting the presence of a hard drive. Though this should be automatically done, you can try manually detecting by going to the CMOS/BIOS setup and verify that it can be physically detected. If not then you would need to replace the defective hard drive.

          Most Toshiba hard drives are inside a slot either on the side or front. To gain access, you need to turn over the laptop and look for a panel/lid covering that is lacked in place by7 1 or 2 small screws. After removing the plastic covering, the HD would be exposed and should be relatively easy to remove. In vertain versions/models, the HD might also have a locking small screw or a pry open lever or bar.

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          The hard disk drive (HDD) in your Toshiba laptop is the component that holds all the files and folders you use.
          If you are running out of room on the hard disk drive because of all the programs you have installed, it may be time to replace it with a new one that has a larger capacity.
          Replacing the hard disk drive on a Toshiba laptop is a fairly straightforward and simple process, as you only need to remove one other component to be able to reach the hard drive.

          Save a backup copy of any file or program that you will need from the original hard disk drive to an external device such as a CD-RW or USB flash drive.
          Shut down the Toshiba laptop's operating system completely.
          Disconnect the power cable if it was plugged in and then close the top screen lid.
          Flip the entire unit over so that the bottom end of the laptop case is facing towards you.

          Hold down the release latch for the Toshiba laptop's battery.
          Slide the laptop battery out of the case and then put it aside.
          Locate the screw at the upper-left corner of the case that holds the CD or DVD drive into place.
          Remove the screw and set it aside. Grab the edge of the CD or DVD drive and then pull it away from the Toshiba laptop case. Set the drive aside.
          Remove the four screws holding the large square plastic cover over the hard disk drive at the lower left end of the laptop case.
          Lift the square plastic cover off the laptop case and set it aside so that you can see the metal plate that covers the hard disk drive.
          Take out the screws holding the metal plate in place.
          Lift the metal plate out of the case and set it aside.
          Remove the two screws at the top edge of the hard disk drive and then the two screws at the bottom edge of the hard disk drive.
          Disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard by sliding it out towards you.
          Lift the hard disk drive out of the case and set it aside.
          Push the new hard drive into the open slot and then reconnect the four screws.
          Set the metal plate back on top of the new hard disk drive and then attach its screws.
          Put the plastic cover on and reattach the cover's screws.
          Slide the CD or DVD drive back into its port and then reconnect the screw.
          Put the battery back into the Toshiba laptop.
          Turn the laptop over and open up the screen.
          Power the computer on. Insert the recovery disk that came with the Toshiba laptop into the CD or DVD drive.
          Follow the operating system installation instructions that will appear on the screen.
          Transfer the backup copies of the files you saved earlier from the external device to the new hard drive.

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          1) Remove ALL power.
          Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

          2) Lay a static free cloth on the table, or workbench you are working on.
          (Protects the table, and the laptop)

          Laptop closed turn it over, set it down on the static free cloth, Bottom side up.

          3) Locate the HarDDrive Compartment Cover.
          (Sony's term is HDD Slot Cover)

          Looking at the bottom of the laptop, this is the rectangular cover that sits vertical, at the Bottom/Middle of the laptop.
          The DVD optical drive is to the Right.

          Remove the two Philips head screws which hold the cover.
          Remove the cover.

          (It has tabs made out of the plastic cover, which are on the opposite side of the screws. These tabs slide down into the Bottom Cover of the laptop.
          When removing the cover use care, and do not break these tabs off)

          4) With the harddrive compartment cover removed, look at the Right side. There is a square depression next to the right edge, in the middle.
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          There is one single Philips head screw to remove.
          Then the DVD optical drive tray is opened by pushing it's release button.
          The tray is used to gently pull the DVD optical drive out of the laptop.

          This is a link to a free Service Manual,

          http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/#toc-toshiba

          Go down to the 'paragraph' that starts with - Satellite A10. (A10 in blue)
          Drop down to the 5th line. (Begins with M500 in blue)
          Scroll across, and click on P500.

          This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.

          After you click on the file name (P500) it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up.

          At the top of the PDF file is the page number box. It is to the Right of the Down Arrow. Go to Page 188.

          Or use the Bookmarks menu to the left.
          Left-click on the + sign next to -
          Chapter 4 - Replacement Procedures.

          Then scroll down, and left-click on -
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          (The Adobe PDF file may be in a different format, when it comes up.
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          In the bar that appears go to the far right, and click on the red Adobe PDF icon )

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        • Turn off your Toshiba Satellite, turn it over and remove the battery from its compartment on the bottom of the computer.

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          Locate the rectangular hard drive cover in the corner of the computer and use your Phillips head screwdriver remove the single screw holding it in place. A metal tab will now be exposed in the hard drive compartment.

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          Locate the single screw just below the hard drive compartment and remove it. This is the screw that holds the CD drive in place.

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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.
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        • 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.

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        • 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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