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November 23rd, 2013 09:00

I need to replace the hard drive on my Inspiron 17R N7110 - HELP!

How do I know which hard drive to buy and what do I need to download from Dell in order for it to work with my laptop?  My warranty is expired and I really don't know what to do.  Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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November 23rd, 2013 11:00

Any 2.5" 7- or 9.5 mm SATA notebook hard drive - or SSD - will work.

If you did not prepare a boot media set (flash drive or set of DVDs) when you were first prompted to out of the box, you will need to contact Dell for a rescue media set -- there will be a charge for it if you're out of warranty.

Once that's done, you can use the rescue media to set up the system the way it was when it came out of the box.

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August 16th, 2014 11:00

I bought the hard drive that was suggested above, and then I did a search on You Tube on how to replace the hard drive.  I watched the video on my tablet and it literally took me step by step through the process.  It works great - I haven't had any issues at all!!   Here is the link to the video I used: .  It shows you how to take apart the laptop and put a new hard drive in.  Good luck!!

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November 23rd, 2013 11:00

Thanks so much. I think I have the rescue media - I did download a bunch of stuff onto a flash drive when the laptop was relatively new. I appreciate your response! :emotion-1:

August 16th, 2014 09:00

I am facing this same issue! I am curious to find out, what you ended up doing and was it successful?


August 16th, 2014 11:00

Good to hear, it worked out for you!

Tanks for video-link!

October 27th, 2017 09:00

Well documented, certainly, but I don't think they could have buried the HDD any further if they tried (actually, they probably *DID* try, that's why it's buried so far into the system).  It should have been accessible from a bottom panel, but that would have required another 25-cents on the molding process.

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