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Optiplex 9010 Ultra Small Form Factor Teardown removal guide for customer replaceable units (CRUs)



This article provides information on how to safely remove the customer replaceable units (CRUs) in a Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF


Table of Contents:

  1. CRU Removal Guide
  2. Removal Instructions

1. Removal Guide

These guides will take you step by step through the safe removal of what are considered to be the Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) parts of a OptiPlex 9010 USFF system. (CRUs are the parts of the system that shouldn't need an engineer to remove or replace).

The guides will also include pictures to reference what's involved.

If these guides do not cover what you are looking to do, then you will want to reference your System Manual.

The article below provides information on safe practises to take into consideration before working with electrical equipment.



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2. Removal Instructions

Required Tools

1 Small Phillip's head screwdriver 2 Plastic Scribe
3 Small Flat head screwdriver

1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the System Cover:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets

2. Establishing image.



3. Loosen the Thumb Screw securing the system cover.



4. Slide the cover towards the back of the system.



5. Lift the cover away from the system.


6. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing an Front Bezel:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover

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3. Gently pry the three front bezel retention clips away from the chassis.



4. Rotate the bezel away from the computer to release the hooks on the opposite edge of the bezel from the chassis.



5. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing a Drive Cage:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover and Front Bezel

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3. Lift the drive cage using the handle and flip over the drive cage.



4. Remove the data cable (1) and power cable (2) from the back of the optical drive.



5. Remove the data cable (1) and power cable (2) from the back of the hard drive.


6. Remove the drive cage from the system.


7. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing a Hard Drive:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover ,Front Bezel and Drive Cage

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3. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the four screws securing the hard drive to the drive cage.



4. Slide the hard drive to release it from the Drive cage.



5. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Optical Drive:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

2. Establishing image.



3. Release the retention clip and remove the optical drive.



4. Remove the optical drive bracket.



5. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Wireless Module:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

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3. Disconnect the two cables from the WLAN card.



4. Push the two securing levers away from the WLAN card.



5. Remove the WLAN card.


6. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Internal Antenna:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

2. Establishing image.



3. Disconnect the two cables from the WLAN card.



4. Unthread the Internal Antenna.



5. Release the Internal Antenna port.


6. Remove the Internal Antenna.


7. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the System Fan:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

2. Establishing image.



3. Disconnect the fan cable from the system board.



4. Unthread the fan cable from the chassis.



5. Remove the four screws that secure the fan to the chassis.


6. Lift and remove the system fan out of the chassis.


7. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Memory:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

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3. Press out on the release tabs located on each side of the memory module.



4. Lift the memory module out of the connector on the system board and remove.



5. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Heatsink:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

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3. Disconnect the heat sink/fan assembly cable from the system board.



4. Press the release lever down and then move it outward to release the Fan retention hook that secures it.



5. Raise the heat sink/fan assembly.


6. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the four captive screws securing the heat sink/fan assembly to the system board.


7. Lift the heat sink/fan assembly upward gently, and remove it from the computer. Lay the assembly with the fan facing downward, and with the thermal grease facing upward.


8. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Front I/O Panel:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

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3. Disconnect the IO panel data cable (1) and USB3 (2) data cable from the system board.



4. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove two screws securing the I/O bracket.



5. Remove the I/O bracket from system chassis.


6. Remove IO panel data cable (1) and USB3 (2) data cable from the IO board.


7. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Control Panel:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel, Drive Cage and Memory

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3. Disconnect the Control Panel cable from the system board.



4. Unthread the Control Panel speaker cable from the chassis clip.



5. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screw securing the Control Panel Board.


6. Remove the Control Panel Board.


7. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Intrusion Switch:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel and Drive Cage

2. Establishing image.



3. Disconnect the intrusion cable from system board.



4. Slide the intrusion switch over and remove it of the bracket.



5. Complete.



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1. Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Power Supply:

  • During installation or removal of any hardware always ensure all data is backed up properly
  • Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer
  • Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  • Please remove the System Cover, Front Bezel, Drive Cage, Intrusion Switch and Heatsink

2. Establishing image.



3. Disconnect 2 cables from the system board.



4. Remove the screw securing the power supply to the chassis.



5. Remove 2 screws securing the power supply to the chassis.


6. Slide inward and remove the power supply.


7. Complete.



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Article ID: SLN297915

Last Date Modified: 08/10/2017 10:17 AM


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