Hard drive removal and installation - ThinkPad T40/p, T41/p, T42/p, T43/p


  • Do not drop the hard drive or apply any physical shock to it. The hard drive is sensitive to physical shock. Improper handling can cause damage and permanent loss of data.
  • Before removing the drive, have the user make a backup copy of all the information on it if possible.
  • Never remove the drive while the system is operating or is in suspend mode.
  1. Turn off the computer; then disconnect the AC adapter and all cables from the computer.
  2. Close the computer display, and turn the computer over.
  3. Remove the battery pack.
  4. Remove the screw that secures the hard drive.
    Remove screw
  5. Open the computer display; then stand the computer on its side and remove the hard drive by pulling the cover away from the computer.
    Remove hard disk drive
  6. Detach the cover from the hard drive.
    detach cover
  7. Attach the cover to a new hard drive.
  8. Insert the hard drive and its cover into the hard drive bay; then firmly install them.
    Insert hard disk drive
  9. Close the computer display, and turn the computer over so that its bottom side is up. Reinstall the screw.
  10. Reinstall the battery.
  11. Turn the computer over again. Connect the AC adapter and cables to the computer.


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