How to Remove the Back of a Laptop

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The backs of some laptops can be removed to access components

Some laptop computers have removable backs that allow access to components such as the hard drive, memory or battery. If your laptop does not have a release latch for the battery or has a separate removable panel to access the memory or hard drive, you may need to remove the entire back of the computer.


Step 1

Power down the laptop and disconnect the power cable and any peripheral connections.

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Step 2

Close the laptop lid and carefully place the laptop face down on a flat surface.

Step 3

Locate holding screws around the perimeter of the back of the laptop. Use the Philips head screwdriver to remove the screws. Note the location of each screw as you will need to replace them in the same order you removed them.


Step 4

Lift off the back of the laptop. Some models may have holding clips under the backing. You may need to slide the back around or lift it towards one edge of the laptop to release the clips.


Look for small compartment panels on the back. On some laptops these small removable panels allow access to the computer memory without having to remove the entire backing.


Always touch your hands to a non-electrified metal object to dicharge any static electricity which can harm computer components.