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How to remove the Hard Drive from a Dell laptop

Summary: How to remove the Hard Drive from a Dell laptop

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Table of Contents:

  1. How to remove the Hard Drive from a Dell Latitude, Precision and Inspiron laptop systems
  2. Latitude Systems Hard Drive Removal
  3. Precision Systems Hard Drive Removal
  4. Inspiron Systems Hard Drive Removal
  5. More Info

1. How to remove the Hard Drive from a Dell Latitude, Precision and Inspiron laptop systems

A user may report they must remove the Hard Drive from their Dell Latitude, Precision, and Inspiron laptop computers. The article will show how this is done.

Learn how to Avoid ESD Damage

Pre-Removal Instructions Before removing the Hard Drive:

  1. During installation or removal of any hardware always ensures all data is backed up properly.

  2. Disconnect any telephone, network, or USB cables from the computer.

  3. Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets.

NOTE: Each model may have slight differences in removal process, and further instructions can be found within their user manuals.

Please follow the steps below to remove the Hard Drive.  This article covers the following computers:
  1. Latitude Systems

  2. Precision Systems

  3. Inspiron Systems

How to Replace the Hard Drive in a Dell System (Video guides)

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2. Latitude Systems Hard Drive Removal

Depending on the model of Latitude computer you have, there are slight differences in how the Hard Drive is removed.
(In the models that are listed below xx relates to the model range, for example E6500, E6510, E6520 & E6530)

For Latitude E63xx / E64xx / E65xx

  1. Remove the two or four screws that secure the hard drive from the computer.

  2. Slide the hard drive out of the computer and remove.

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For Latitude E62xx / E54xx / E55xx
  1. Remove the Battery and Bottom Door.

  2. Remove the two or four screws that secure the hard drive and bracket in place.

  3. Grasp the Mylar tab and gently poll it upward to release the hard drive from its compartment.


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For Latitude E6420 XFR
  1. Remove the battery.

  2. Release the latch to open the hard drive door.

  3. Push the blue locking button (1) while simultaneously, pull the hard drive out of the computer (2).

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For Latitude XT2
  1. Remove the battery from the computer.

  2. Loosen the four captive screws on the hard drive bracket.

  3. Remove the hard drive bracket.

  4. Slide the hard drive towards the edge of the computer to disconnect from the system board.

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For Latitude XT3
  1. Remove the battery and bottom door.

  2. Remove the two screws securing the hard drive in place.

  3. Pull the hard drive out from the computer.

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NOTE: Each model may have slight differences in removal process, and further instructions can be found within their user manuals.

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3. Precision Systems Hard Drive Removal

The steps that are detailed below are used to remove the Hard Drive on all Precision Laptop computers.

  1. Remove the battery.

  2. Remove the two screws securing the bottom door in place and remove.

  3. Remove the five screws securing the primary hard drive bracket in place.

  4. Slide the battery release latch into the unlock position.

  5. Remove the hard drive bracket from the computer.

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NOTE: Each model may have slight differences in removal process, and further instructions can be found within their user manuals.

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4. Inspiron Systems Hard Drive Removal

The steps that are detailed below are used to remove the Hard Drive on all Inspiron Laptop computers.

  1. Remove the battery from the computer.

  2. Remove the two screws that secure the bottom back door to the computer base.

  3. Remove the bottom back door.

  4. Remove the screws securing the hard drive on the Bottom base.

  5. Slide the hard drive assembly away from the hard drive connector.

  6. Pull the tab to lift and remove the hard drive assembly out of the computer.


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NOTE: Each model may have slight differences in removal process, and further instructions can be found within their user manuals.
 
NOTE: If after replacing the Hard Drive, you receive an "No Hard Drive Detected" error, see article 000132300 for details on how to resolve this.
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5. More Info

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Laptops, Chromebook, G Series, Alienware, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS, Retired Models

Last Published Date

28 May 2021

Version

5

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