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How to Remove a Hard Drive From a Laptop

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A personal computer is where many of us keep our important personal “items” (the digital kind, at least) such as family photos.  Yet computers don’t last forever and in the event your computer crashes, you will want to recover the hard drive for use with a different computer.  The following instructions will guide you in the removal of the hard drive.  Some laptops have hard drives that are easily accessible through a cover on the underside.  However these instructions are for a laptop in which you have to remove the keyboard to access the hard drive, which is a considerably more difficult task.
 
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Step 1: Tools Needed

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Jeweler’s screwdriver, laptop with hard drive.

Step 2: Safety Considerations

Warning-do not work on your laptop while it has a source of power, you will get shocked.  Before beginning any work on your laptop ensure that the power cord is unplugged and the battery is removed.  Depressing the power button for a couple of seconds after taking out the battery is also a good idea; it reassures you that there is no more electricity in the laptop. 

As for the safety of your hard drive, it is a well-known fact that magnets can erase information stored electronically.  This is true; however the magnets have to be fairly powerful to do this.  I do recommend keeping any magnets away from your work area (better safe than sorry); however I would not worry too much if a refrigerator magnet accidently comes into contact with your laptop.

Step 3: Remove All Power Sources

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Make sure the laptop is unplugged and remove the battery.  To do so simply slide both tabs (blue arrows) to the outside and push the battery away from the computer (red arrow).  After the battery has been removed, depress the power button for three seconds to remove any residual charge.