Before working inside your computer, read the safety information
that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information,
see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
If you remove the hard drive from the computer when the drive is hot,
do not touch
the metal housing of the hard drive.
Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your
computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by
To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist
grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a
connector on your computer).
To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery
(see "Removing the Battery" on page 15) before working inside the computer.
To prevent data loss, turn off your computer (see "Turning Off Your
Computer" on page 9) before removing the hard-drive assembly. Do not remove the
hard drive while the computer is On or in Sleep state.
Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling the
Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives
from sources other than Dell.
If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell, you need to
install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive.
Removing the Hard Drive
1 Follow the instructions in "Before You Begin" on page 9.
2 Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 13 in "Removing the System
Board" on page 65.
3 Remove the two screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the system