very simple, just remove the screw (usually one only) near the HD icon found below the laptop. The rule of thumb is try to picture how you remove the HD and install the new one in the exact manner. just remember that this is delicate parts and should be done with caution.
ps. for worst scenario, that the new HD got spoiled.... just claim for the warranty. hehehe :bsmilie:
it depends on the brand on notebook. I've found Acers the easiest : slideout tray, then Fujitsu - compartment on the bottom. The worst I've seen is a Compaq Evo - have to remove keyboard and then the CPU heatsink in order to replace the harddisk because the heatsink covers both CPU and harddisk (not kidding, this is stated in their service manual as well).
I am not aware of why you need to install a new hard drive, but, I would think that if it is simply a direct replacement (size wise) 'cause the old one is dead, then ....
You will probably still need to go into the BIOS and let it know about the new hard drive it is dealing with.
1 more thing you guys forgot to mention is the orientation of the pins to the cable. Wrong orientation can result in frying the HDD unless the tray or mount for the HDD has a specific fixed direction to install in.
All in all .. do be careful and have fun. Try to download the service manual and read carefully before you do anything. Good luck.
if still no confident to open, let me know, I have opened dozen of laptops before to replace ram, hard disk and even CPU It is just my hobby to open up everything (except my camera), so far none of them spoil.
The next laptop i am going to open is my new ibook, a bit heart pain to open cause it is new set...and there are 50 over screws to remove before i can take out the hard disk, and also risk void the warranty
Thanks for the pointers; I managed to pull out the Harddisk and it's really a breeze doing that.
Now I need your advice again as I'm looking into getting some other accessories before I can install the new one (I'll be swapping HD from time to time). I've attached a few images which I took of the harddisk. My questions are where can I get racks like as shown in the picture and I also abserved the HD also came with a 'tongue' which allowed me to pull the HD out ... where can I get it and for how much?
Adam, the hard disk adapter can't be bought from anywhere but your notebook manufacturer. If you are changing your hdd, I don't see why you need another adapter. Just remove the old one for use on your new hdd. And it's not a good idea to swap the hdd this way. You might damage some pins for the connector inside your notebook and that would be expensive to repair. Just get a portable hdd casing that can be supported at the highest speed on your notebook (USB2 or firewire). These are really cheap now.
I think Newman and some others are right. Go get a portable hdd casing for your old hdd instead of swoping it time and again. I recently had to do some swopping of my hdd and in the process of taking out doing so, I spoilt both the hdds.