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How to Remove the Hard Drive on a Toshiba Tecra 8000 Laptop

Laptops like the Toshiba Tecra 8000 usually come stock with small hard drives. So, it can be desirable to replace the small original hard drive with a larger one. Removing hard drives on laptop computers, in most cases, is even more simple than removing desktop hard drives.

Close the screen on the laptop computer and turn it over.

Lay the computer on a soft, clean towel, or something else that will prevent it from being scratched.

Clean the bottom surface of the computer with a rag so that you can easily access the hard drive. Make sure that all dust and residue is removed before continuing.

On the front edge of the computer, there will be a sliding port held in by two screws. This is where the hard drive is located in the Toshiba Tecra 8000.

Gently remove both of the screws securing the hard drive. Place them in safely away from the laptop computer.

Use a flathead screwdriver to slightly pry the hard drive out of its slot. Then, pull it the rest of the way out. Be sure to pull it as straight as possible to prevent bending any of the port's pins.

Tip

Only remove the hard drive if it is absolutely necessary. This process can easily damage hardware within the computer.

Warning

Be very careful of static electricity when working with any parts in the laptop computer. Use static spray if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screw driver
  • Phillips screw driver
  • Clean rag
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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.