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How to remove the hard drive on the Alienware M14x R2

How to remove the hard drive on the Alienware M14x R2
Article Summary:

The following article will show you how to remove the hard drive on the Alienware M14x R2 system in case of replacement, upgrade or for troubleshooting purposes.

Note: Please bookmark this article as restarts of the computer are recommended during the process to help resolve issues.

Table of Contents:

1. Safety precautions

2. Disassembly

Safety precautions

- Turn off the system and any attached peripherals.

- Disconnect the system and any attached peripherals from AC power.

- Disconnect any peripherals from the unit.

- Disconnect any telephone or telecommunications lines from the system.

- Use a wrist grounding strap and mat when working inside any computer system to avoid electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage.

- After removing any system component, carefully place the removed component on an anti-static mat.

- Wear shoes with non-conductive rubber soles to help reduce the chance of being shocked or seriously injured in an electrical accident.


1. Remove the bottom door from the system.

2. Remove the battery from the computer

3. Remove the optical disk drive.

4. Locate the Hard Drive

5. Loosen the three captive screws securing the hard drive bracket to the system

6. Use the tab to pull the hard drive bracket upward slightly, gain access to the HDD cable and disconnect the cable from the Hard Drive

7. Remove the four screws securing the hard drive bracket to the hard drive

8. Remove the hard drive bracket from the hard drive.



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Article ID: SLN150746

Last Date Modified: 05/16/2012 12:00 AM

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