How to Remove the Hard Drive From a Laptop Computer

Over the years, laptop computers have become increasingly user-friendly and easy to operate. This extends to the internal components of the computer as well. Many years ago, you would probably have to take your laptop to a technician if you wanted to perform a hard drive upgrade, but these days it's as simple as opening a compartment on the bottom of the computer. No knowledge of electronics is needed.

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A typical laptop hard drive can be easily removed.

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Turn off your laptop, remove the power cable, close the screen and turn your computer upside down.

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Remove the battery from its compartment on the underside of the computer and locate the rectangular hard drive compartment. Consult the user guide of your particular model computer if you are having problems locating the battery or hard drive compartment.

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Remove the screw from the hard drive compartment and lift the compartment cover up to expose the actual hard drive.

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Pull the hard drive to the side to disconnect it from the motherboard. Gently lift up the hard drive and remove it from the computer. You are now free to upgrade the old hard drive to a new model.