The 120-gigabyte hard drive that was included with your Acer Aspire 5610 model laptop is eventually going to run out of room as you install new software. When the hard drive is completely filled you may want to install a larger one instead of deleting old files. Removing the hard drive on an Acer Aspire 5610 is actually an easier process than with many desktop computers because of its convenient location on the bottom of the laptop.
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Things you need
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Replacement hard drive
- Operating system recovery disk
Save any files you need from the current hard drive to an external location, such as a USB flash drive or a re-writable CD.
Power down the Acer Aspire 5610 laptop and close the LCD screen. Remove the power cable and flip the Acer laptop over so that the bottom half of the case is visible.
Press down the battery release latch and slide it to the left. Pull the battery out of the Acer Aspire laptop and set it aside.
Find the two screws at the bottom end of the case that hold the plastic cover over the hard drive. Remove the screws using the Phillips head screwdriver. Lift the plastic cover upwards and remove it from the Acer laptop case.
Push the hard drive to the right to disconnect it from the port on the motherboard. Pull the hard drive out of the case. Pull the mounting bracket off the side of the hard drive.
Set the mounting bracket on the replacement hard drive. Slide the new hard drive and mounting bracket into the open slot on the Acer laptop.
Place the plastic cover back on the Acer laptop case. Reattach the two screws. Put the battery back into the laptop and then flip the unit back over.
Open the LCD screen and power the laptop on. Place the recovery disk that came with the Acer Aspire laptop into the disk drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Windows operating system on the new hard drive.
Tips and warnings
- Before touching the new hard drive you need to properly ground yourself so that there is no damage from electrostatic discharge. Grounding yourself is a simple process that only consists of touching a metal object that is connected to the floor.
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