Important: When you receive a new hard drive, you also receive a set of Product Recovery discs. The set of Product Recovery discs 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. For more information on recovering factory-installed software, refer to "Recovering software" in your User Guide.
To replace the hard drive, do the following:
- Remove the computer cover. See "Cover removal".
- Remove the drive bay assembly. See "Accessing system board components and drives".
- Use the blue handle to pivot the hard disk drive and bracket upward, slide the hard drive to the left until it is free of the retaining clips in the bottom of the chassis, and then completely remove it from the chassis.
- Disconnect the signal and power cables from the rear of the hard disk drive.
- Remove the blue bracket from the failing hard disk drive by flexing the bracket.
- Install the new drive into the blue bracket, flex the bracket, and align the pins 1 through 4 on the bracket with the holes in the hard disk drive. Do not touch the circuit board 5 on the bottom of the hard disk drive.
- Connect the signal and power cables to the rear of the hard disk drive.
- Position the hard disk drive and bracket so that it engages the retaining clips in the bottom of the chassis when you slide the bracket to the right.
- Slide the hard disk drive and bracket to the right until it snaps into position.
- Align the drive bay assembly studs with the two slots on each side of the chassis and reconnect the diskette drive and optical drive cables (if disconnected).
- Slide the drive bay assembly towards the rear of the chassis until it snaps into position.
- Reinstall the front bezel.
- Go to "Completing the parts replacement".