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Dell E520 case

Just wanted to know how to take the case completely apart.
Not just take the side cover off..
Would it be best to just take the entire computer apart..
Ie. Mobo, hdd, drives, heatsink, power supply ect so im left with an empty case?

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  • S_C_S May 10, 2008

    Have been redirected to that place/link a few times.. im not trying to install or remove parts I'm trying to remove panels so i can paint them.

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Hi,

The Dell E520 Service Manual details how to remove and i stall all the components/parts of the said computer. It may be found here.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on May 10, 2008

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    Louie Role May 10, 2008

    Hmmm, the link did no work. Let's try that again.....

    It may be found here.

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http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime520/en/SM_EN/index.htm

I invite you to left-click on - Specifications

Scroll down to the heading - Drives

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Drive_Electronics

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