Question from Ethan K.: Hi Rick. My uncle gave me his old laptop because the hard drive died. I have a replacement drive but I can’t get the old hard drive to come out of the laptop.
I removed all the screws that hold the hard drive in place, but one side of it refuses to budge. Is there another screw that I’m not seeing? This laptop is an HP Pavilion dv4 1123us. Thanks for your help!
Rick’s answer: Hi Ethan. Removing the hard drive from most laptops is a four-step process:
1 – Remove the laptop battery and the cover over the hard drive bay.
2 – Remove all the screws that hold the hard drive in place.
3 – Slide the drive in the direction opposite the hard drive connector (either to the right or the left). You’ll know which end of the drive the connector is on because that’ll be the side that’s “stuck” to the laptop.
4 – Lift the drive out of the bay.
Here is an excellent video that clearly illustrates the steps listed above:
Ethan, my guess is you are skipping step 3 in the directions above by trying to lift the drive out of the bay without sliding it out of the connector first. Give that a try and let me know how it goes. Good luck!
Update from Ethan: Thanks Rick. That helped a lot! You were right about me not sliding the drive out of the connector before trying to lift it out of the bay. Doh!!!
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