How to remove the hard drive from a Dell Latitude D610 laptop
On desktop computers, removing a hard drive can be a time-intensive procedure. Typically you have to open the computer’s case, disconnect the hard drive’s data and power cables, and remove or unscrew the hard drive. But on a laptop, where everything is smaller and more accessible, removing a hard drive is usually much simpler.
Locate the hard drive
With the computer off, disconnect all cables, including the AC power cable. Remove the battery and place it somewhere safe. (If you need help removing the battery, see this guide for step-by-step instructions: How to remove the battery from a Dell Latitude D610 laptop.)
Close the computer’s screen and turn the laptop over so that you’re looking at the bottom. You’ll see several different panels and many small screws. As you’re looking at the bottom of the computer, with the fan vent in the upper right corner, the hard drive will be located in the lower right corner, next to the battery.
Remove the screws
Two screws secure the hard drive in place; these are located along the right side of the hard drive bay. In the lower right corner of the laptop, you’ll see a screw that is sunken into the laptop case — the first hard drive screw is located just above this case screw. The second screw is located along the right side of the laptop, about three inches above where the first screw was. Remove both of these screws using a small Phillips head screwdriver, and place them somewhere safe where they won’t get lost.
Remove the hard drive
With the screws removed, the hard drive can be slid right out of the computer. There is a ridged panel located along the lower right side of the laptop, right in between the two screws you just removed. This panel is connected to the hard drive. Grip this panel and slide it out of the laptop, to the right. It may be hard to remove, but if you apply additional force, be sure to slide the panel out straight, rather than at any sort of angle, to avoid damaging the hard drive or laptop.
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