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Hard drive removal and installation - ThinkCentre A52 (type 8154, 8161, 8162, 8163, 8164, 8165) / ThinkCentre M52 (type 8111, 8211, 8212, 8213, 8214)

Attention: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading the "Important safety information". You can also find this information in the Quick Reference Guide that was included with your computer or in the Hardware Maintenance Manual (HMM) for the computer.

Hard drive removal movie
Hard drive installation movie

Important: When you receive a new hard drive, you also receive a set of Product Recovery CDs. The set of Product Recovery CDs will enable you to restore the contents of the hard drive to the same state as when your computer was originally shipped from the factory.

To replace a hard drive, do the following:

  1. Open the computer cover. See "Cover removal and installation".
  2. Pivot the drive bay assembly upward to gain access to the hard drive.

opening the cover

  1. Pull the blue handle to slide the hard drive out the side of the drive bay far enough to disconnect the signal and power cables from the rear of the hard drive.
  2. Completely remove the hard drive from the drive bay.

sliding the drive out of the bay

  1. Remove the hard drive from the blue bracket by flexing the bracket enough to slide the drive out.
  2. To install the new hard drive into the blue bracket, flex the bracket, and align the pins 1 through 4 on the bracket with the holes in the hard drive. Do not touch the circuit board 5 on the bottom of the hard drive.

flex bracket removal

  1. Insert the new hard drive into the drive bay far enough to connect the signal and power cables to the rear of the new hard drive.
  2. Completely slide the new hard disk drive into the drive bay until the drive locks into position.
  3. Go to "Completing the parts replacement".
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  • Alias ID: MIGR-61013
  • Document ID: PD009118
  • Last Updated :17 Jun 2014
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