Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Hard Drive Removal

Acer Laptop Computer Hard Drive Removal

I received an Acer laptop computer with operating system problems. This Acer Aspire E1-470P-6659 laptop had Windows 10 home edition installed. I concluded that Windows 10 operating system was corrupt to the point I needed to reinstall this operating system.

The customer had some important data they needed off their hard drive. These are intructions on how you can take out the hard drive for data recovery. There are twenty one screws that you will need to take out.

This laptop has just one bottom cover that you must remove. Also, you need to take out the battery. The Acer laptop computer battery has a release hole near it.

You place a screwdriver or possibly paper clip into this hole and then push the opposite direction to release the battery. Once this battery is removed, there are two smaller screws that you must remove underneath the battery. Now once you have all twenty one screws removed you can pry apart the bottom cover from the laptop base.

You might need a computer pick or even a guitar pick to help you seperate the two plastic pieces. I do NOT recommend you use any metal screwdrivers, as you will most likely start scratching up the plastic. Also, you want to be careful to not just rip apart the back cover.

You see the keyboard and mouse pad are connected to the motherboard via two ribbon cables. If you pull apart the bottom cover too much, you might damage one or both of these ribbon cables. I was able to extract the hard drive without removing the keyboard and or mouse pad.

The SATA hard drive was attached via a SATA hard drive adapter cable. Pull the hard drive out of its location and then pull of this adapter. You have just successfully removed the hard drive out of an Acer laptop computer Aspire E1-470P-6659.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Keyboard Removal

Acer Laptop Computer Keyboard

One of my computer repair customers brought me an Acer laptop computer, model Aspire E1-470P-6659 that might have a failing keyboard. Some of the keys stick when pressed. It could be the operating system, since Windows 10 has other symptoms like missing drivers, will not mount a universal serial bus flash drive, and over all system slugishness.

I still think it could be a faulty keyboard hardware wise. I will describe how to take this Acer laptop computer apart so that you can either disconnect and reconnect the keyboard to the motherboard or replace the keyboard. There are a total of 21 total screws you need to remove.

This Acer laptop computer does not have normal release latches. Instead there is a release hole closest to the battery. You can use a screw driver or perhaps paper clip. Once you insert the screw driver or paper clip then pull the opposite direction.

Once you pulle this release the opposite direction, then you can pull out this battery. I have never come across a release like this for a laptop battery. Also, you want to remove either the optical drive or dummy blank.

My customer's Acer laptop computer model Aspire E1-470P-6659 did NOT have an optical drive but did have a dummy insert. Now you can disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard. If you are just going to disconnect and reconnect you don't need to disconnect the accompanying mouse pad ribbon cable.

Reconnect the ribbon cable for the keyboard and then reverse your work. Also, you can now replace the keyboard with a new one or used one now. Reverse your work, making sure to put back the optical drive or dummy insert.

Also, make sure to tighten down all 21 screws. You don't want to forget the battery. Now you can boot the operating system to see if your Acer laptop computer keyboard works correctly.

HP Elitebook Notebook – 8440P Hard Drive Replacement

HP Elitebook Notebook

One of my computer repair customers brought in an HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P to me. This customer was trying to restore Windows 10 but now gets a "Windows Error Recovery" message when this operating system tries to boot. Instead of trying to troubleshoot this issue right away, I am going to try to recovery his important data.

Just in case I have to wipe and reload Windows 10, on this notebook. In order to replace or remove the hard drive on this HP Elitebook notebook, you need to remove the hard drive cover. There are two screws that you need to just loosen.

These screws do NOT fall out. Once you loosen these two screws enough, the hard driver cover lifts right off. The hard drive is screwed down by one screw.

Also, this screw loosens up but does NOT fall out. Loosen this screw and then pull the hard drive away, to the side from where it is connected to. Then you can lift the hard drive up and out of this laptop.

This hard drive has a metal shield that has four screws. Remove two screws on each side to remove this shield. Then just place the shield on your replacement hard drive.

Tighten the shield with the hard drive sticker facing up or the circuit board facing down. You will need to replace this hard drive with one with SATA connectors. Tighten the four screws, two on each side, and then place the hard drive into the bay.

Push the hard drive in so that the SATA connectors slide into the adapter. Tighten the one screw that holds the hard drive in place. Finally, tighten the two screws that hold the hard driver cover in place.

You have just succesfully replaced the hard drive in an HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P.

Remove Hard Drive From Laptop – and Install it in Desktop PC

Remove Hard Drive From Laptop

I recently received a Dell Inspiron One 2305 all in one computer with a failing hard drive. This customer had a spare Serial Advanced Technology Attachment hard drive from a laptop with a potentially bad motherboard. I am going to describe how I remove hard drive from laptop and install it into this all in one computer.

First of all make sure you are dealing with a laptop hard drive with SATA connectors. The old desktop hard drive was a SATA type. I removed the cover from the old hard drive.

There were four screws I had to remove. Out came that failing SATA hard drive. The mounting holes on this SATA laptop hard drive did not line up on this cover.

This cover was not solid and had, what I assume where airflow holes. I decided to use some of these airholes to mount this laptop SATA hard drive. The screws that came with this desktop SATA hard drive were too wide for the mounting holes on the laptop hard drive.

I found some thinner screws that fit the mounting holes on the laptop SATA hard drive. However, these screws kind of had wider tops but these screws actually fell threw these airholes if I positioned them correctly. I found some other screws that were wide enough on the top that they would not fall threw.

My point in all this is you want to find screws that are wide enough at that top to cover the hole, so that they don't slip through. I wanted to make sure that this laptop was secure and would not move around. You can check out my featured image to see what I am talking about with regards to these screws.

I was able to mount this SATA laptop hard drive in this cover close to the opening hole to connect the SATA power and data cables. There are mounting kits available that are designed to get installed into 3.5 inch hard drive slots in desktop computers. However, I was able to mount this SATA laptop hard drive without a mounting kit.

Upgrade Your Memory – in Your Dell Inspiron One 2305 All in One

Upgrade Your Memory

A recent computer repair customer of mine, brought in a Dell Inspiron one model 2305 all in one computer. I am going to show you how to remove and or upgrade your memory in this computer. You need to remove a back cover.

You can lay this all in one flat on its screen, facing down. There are two screws that you need to remove on the bottom. There is one screw on each side of the kick stand.

Once you remove these screws you will be able to easily remove this back cover. Pull away or towards the top of this all in one to remove it. Once this cover is removed you will notice a large cover on the upper left hand side.

This is where the Random Access Memory resides. You will notice a smaller cover on top of a larger cover. This smaller cover has just one screw that you need to loosen.

This screw loosens but stays attached to this cover. Once you loosen this screw enough you will be able to pull out this cover. Pull towards you or towards the bottom of this case.

Now you can upgrade your memory in this Dell Inspiron one 2305 all in one computer. This particular computer had two memory modules. To remove these modules just press out on the retaining clips.

There are two retaining clips that hold the memory module in place. Pull the memory module out. If your Dell all in one computer has an open memory slot, then you can add in a memory module.

You might want to order the exact memory that is already in place. If you choose to upgrade this memory by removing one or both Random Access Memory modules, then you will need to look up the specifications for this Dell Inspiron one 2305. You need to make sure to obtain Random Access Memory that this motherboard will support.

Dell Inspiron Hard Drive Removal – For All in One Model 2305

Dell Inspiron Hard Drive Removal

One of my repeat customers brought in a Dell Inspiron One model 2305 all in one computer. The most recent fall creators update failed and now this computer will not boot into Windows. I am going to show you how to perform a Dell Inspiron hard drive removal.

I decided to reinstall Windows 7 for her and recover her data. You want to lay this all in one computer facing down against the screen. There are two screws on the bottom.

There is one screw on each side of the kick stand. You just need to loosen both screws and remove them. Now the back cover will come off quite easily.

Just push or pull away from the kick stand towards the top of this computer. You have just removed the back cover. On the lower right hand side you will see the hard drive encased in a cover.

You will need to loosen two screws that hold this cover onto the case. These screws do NOT fall out, so you just need to loosen them enough to remove this cover with the hard drive under neath. Once you remove this cover with the hard drive attached, you just have four screws to remove.

These four screws fall out and keep the hard drive secure. Make sure to disconnect both a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment cable and power cable from the hard drive. All you have to do to either replace the hard drive or install it again is to reverse the order.

Repeat customers are always nice when running a computer repair business. This Dell Inspiron one 2305 all in one computer keeps failing with Windows 10. Even though this computer might be compatible with Windows 10, it was manufactured and designed to run Windows 7.

I think my customer will be happy when I reload Windows 7. This might even save her some money. Can you imagine paying to have Windows 10 fixed, each time a major update makes it not usable?

Macbook Pro Early 2011 Memory – Replacement A1278 Model

Macbook Pro Early 2011 Memory

A recent computer repair customer brought me a Macintosh Pro A1278 early 2011 model laptop. This MACBook pro would not boot into the operating system. The Apple logo and progress indicator would ve visible, but then the display would go blank and the laptop would shut off.

I decided to reseat this Macbook Pro early 2011 memory. You want to flip this MACBook pro upside down. There are ten total screws that you need to remove.

Three of these screws are longer than the other seven. They are towards the back. You will need to make sure to tighten these three screws in their original locations.

The bottom cover will easily come out now. The memory modules are situated between the battery and mainboard. All you have to do is press outwards on the two retaining clips.

The memory module will then pop up out of its socket. Now you can just grab the memory by the edges and pull it out. There are two memory slots on this MACBook Pro A1278 early 2011 model.

You may or may not have two memory modules to remove. Now all you have to do once you remove the memory is place your new memory in their slot(s). Make sure the new memory is properly seated and their retaining clips are inwards.

You can try to boot up this MACBook Pro to make sure it turns on and works with the new memory. To save yourself some time you can just place the bottom cover on but do NOT tighten the screws. When you have verified that your MACBook Pro functions correctly with this new memory then you can tighten down all ten screws.

Remember three screws are longer and must be tightened down in their original locations. You have just successfully upgraded your Macbook Pro early 2011 memory.

Macbook Pro Hard Drive Replacement – For A1278 2010 Model

Macbook Pro Hard Drive Replacement

I recently had a computer repair customer bring me a Macbook Pro A1278 that would NOT boot into Macintosh operating system properly. This machine would display the MAC logo with a progress indicator then show a blank screen and then restart itself into a boot loop. This could be signs of a corrupt file system or possibly hard drive.

Also, this customer showed me a screen shot of a file system repair that failed. I decided to immediately attempt to recover data off this hard drive. I will walk you through the steps required to perform a Macbook Pro hard drive replacement.

You will need a small philips or flat head screw driver. There are ten total screws you need to remove in order to remove the bottom cover. Flip this Macbook Pro upside down so the back cover faces up.

Remove those ten screws and the bottom cover should easily come off. Three of these screws are larger facing the rear of this Macbook Pro A1278. Now you should be able to see the hard drive in the corner next to the battery and optical drive.

There are two screws that you need to remove near the optical drive that are attached a small piece of plastic that holds this hard drive in place. Once these two screws are removed then pull up on that small skinny piece of plastic. Now you should be able to lift this hard drive out.

There was a ribbon cable that attached to a SATA adapter end connected to the hard drive. Remove the adapter ribbon cable and now you should be able to lift this hard drive out. This Macbook Pro A1278 had a Samsung 128 Gigabyte Serial AT Attachment Solid State Drive installed.

Now all you have to do is put in your replacement hard drive whether it is a standard SATA or SSD SATA hard drive. Reattach the ribbon cable to hard drive and tighten down both scres. Now just place bottom cover back on and tighten down those ten screws.

Remember three of those screws are longer so be sure to tighten them down in their original holes. You have just performed a Macbook Pro hard drive replacement.

Change Laptop Hard Drive – in Lenovo Thinkpad L450

Change Laptop Hard Drive

I had a computer repair customer bring in a Lenovo Thinkpad L450 laptop with a problematic hard drive. I am going to walk you through the steps required to change laptop hard drive in this computer. You want to first place this laptop upside down and take out the battery.

Obviously, you don't want to work on a laptop with the power turned on and plugged into a wall outlet. There are eight total screws that you need to remove. These screws don't actually fall out.

You just have to loosen them enough so that you can take off the bottom cover. On one side of this Lenovo Thinkpad L450 is a blank piece of plastic that fits into an empty slot. You must take this out in order to remove this cover.

In order to avoid scratching up this laptop's case, you want to use a computer pick made out of plastic. I supposed you could use a guitar pick as well. You do NOT want to use metal objects, which can easily scratch up this plastic case.

You are going to use this plastic device to loosen the bottom cover from the rest of the case. Once the bottom cover is loose then you will be able to pull the cover off. There is one screw holding down this hard drive that you need to remove.

Now you can just pull the SATA hard drive from it's slot and replace it. Then you just tighten down the one screw holding the hard drive in place. Press in the bottom cover on all four sides.

It should snap back in, but you still need to tighten those eight screws. You have successfully change laptop hard drive in a Lenovo Thinkpad L450 laptop computer. Make sure the bottom cover snapped in tightly and that none of those screws are loose.

Micro ATX Mobo – Motherboard Removal Tutorial

Micro ATX Mobo

As a computer repair business owner, I also recycle computers. I acquired a PowerSpec B628 computer. This computer had a bad motherboard that I tested as failing.

I decided to try to salvage this computer case. These are instructions showing you how to remove the motherboard from a desktop computer. The current bad motherboard was a G41T-TM Rev 1.0.

First you want to disconnect power from this computer and wall outlet. Then you can disconnect any power, fans and device cables. You do NOT need to remove any case fans or power supply, from the case if you do NOT want to.

Also, you want to remove power, HD audio, and USB cables from motherboard. Remove any cables from hard drive(s), optical drive(s), etc. from the motherboard. Remove a twenty four pin and a four pin power cable from the motheboard.

You do NOT have to remove the heatsink and fan if you don't want to. Once all cables are disconnected from the motherboard, then you will need to remove screws that hold down this mother on the case. Depending on the brand of motherboard you may need to remove six, seven, or eight screws.

It just depends on the brand. I had to remove six screws that held this motherboard in place. You want to pull out this board assertively, but you don't need to rip it out. You may need to pull the motherboard away from the back of the case towards the front of the case to get it out.

Once you have removed the motherboard, you just reverse what you performed to instals another motherboard. You can try to salvage this case like I plan to. Another option is to order the same replacement motherboard online.

This is an older computer so it might not be cost effictive for me to replace this same motherboard. I have some spare micro atx dual core motherboars, so I might just place one of this in this computer.