How to Replace Dell Laptop Hard Drive

Sometimes an upgrade is needed to make your laptop like new. Adding a new hard drive is a quick way to add valuable space to your laptop. Whether upgrading or repairing, there may very well come a time when you want to replace the hard drive in your Dell laptop.

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Dell laptop hard drive

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Download your Dell laptop manual (see Resources). You need to know your model and number or service tag number. The service tag is found on the bottom of your laptop.

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Browse to the hard drive section of the manual. Read the "Before You Begin" section.

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Shut down and unplug your laptop.

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Turn it over and remove the four screws holding the hard drive in place. Check the diagrams in the manual to see exactly where the hard drive is located.

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Slide the hard drive out carefully and remove the screws holding the hard drive to the brackets.

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Replace the old drive with the new one by first screwing the brackets into place.

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Slide the new hard drive into the empty bay in the laptop and screw back into place.

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Start your laptop and wait for the drive to be recognized and configured.