How to Install a Laptop Hard Drive

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In this tutorial I will teach you how to install a laptop hard drive into a laptop. With laptops becoming more and more popular a lot of people are running into problems with their hard drives failing. Some people just want to upgrade their hard drive to a larger one. Whatever the reason most laptop owners will have to swap out their drive at some point in their lives. Laptop hard drives are more reliable then their bigger brother drives for desktops but they still require care when handling. Also, as speed of drives continue to increase installing a laptop drive will become more common as manufacturers sacrifice speed for reliability. Without further discussion let’s get starting with this tutorial.


1. Put a piece of foam or towel on a table and then place your laptop on the towel upside down. The foam or other material is so you don’t scratch the surface of the laptop.

2. Now locate the hard drive compartment on your laptop. The hard drive cover is usually located near the bottom of the laptop or on the side. Some laptops have a hard drive symbol on the cover to help identify the right spot.

3. Once you’ve located the laptop hard drive grab a screwdriver with the proper bit and unscrew the cover. After unscrewing the screws then lift the cover off.

4. Now you’ll be able to see the hard drive. Depending on the manufacturer of the laptop you will need to either use the tab and lift the drive straight out or you will need to slide the drive out and then lift.

5. After taking the hard drive out you will notice that most laptop drives have enclosure or cases so you will have to remove the enclosure from your drive.

6. Now grab the new hard drive and attach the case to the new drive. Be careful not to tighten the screws too much as they can snap off with too much torque applied.

7. Insert the disk drive into the laptop and slide it into the connector.

8. Now replace the cover and screw it closed. Start your laptop and your done.


– Do not put your hard drive near any magnets as this can damage the laptop drives

– Some laptop screws have unique designs so make sure you have the right screw bit before starting the installation.

– Do not squeeze the laptop drive too hard as it could damage it. If you have to put pressure then do so by holding the sides of the drive.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Install a Laptop Hard Drive” has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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