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Disassemble Toshiba Portege R500

How to disassemble laptop and remove hard drive.
Guide for Toshiba Portege R500.

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Remove laptop battery

STEP 1

Unplug the power adapter.
Unlock and remove laptop battery.
Remove two screws securing the memory cover and remove the cover.

   
Remove screws from the bottom

STEP 2

I'm not removing the memory module because it's not necessary for this repair.
Remove all marked screws from the bottom of the laptop.

   
Remove one screw on the side

STEP 3

Remove one more screw on the side.

   
Open connector on motherboard

STEP 4

Before you disconnect the PCMCIA slot cable you'll have to unlock the connector.
Carefully lift the brown part of the connector up so it stays at a 90 degree angle.

   
Pull the cable

STEP 5

The connector unlocked.
Release the tab so you can grab it with your fingers.

   
Disconnect the cable

STEP 6

Pull the cable from the connector.

   
Cable disconnected

STEP 7

The PCMCIA cable has been removed from the connector.

   
Remove laptop base

STEP 8

Start lifting up the laptop base from the left side.
Remove the base assembly.

   
Laptop disassembled

STEP 9

The laptop base has been removed.
Now you can access hard drive, DVD drive, wireless card, cooling fan, audio board and other parts.

   
Remove and replace laptop hard drive

STEP 10

Carefully lift up the hard drive and disconnect the cable.
Now you can replace the hard drive.

As you see, this small laptop has a regular size hard drive.
You can replace it with another SATA hard drive.

   
 

 

 

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