How to Install a Toshiba Satellite Pro 490CDT Hard Drive

Updated April 17, 2017

The Toshiba Satellite Pro 490CDT laptop computer only comes with a 4-gigabyte hard drive, which will quickly fill up as you install programs or create new documents. You don't need to resort to deleting your old games or files when the hard drive reaches capacity, however. Instead, remove the old hard drive and replace it with a new one that has much more storage capacity. Removing a hard drive from a Toshiba Satellite Pro 490 CDT laptop is a simple procedure that can be done in a few minutes.

Turn off the Toshiba Satellite Pro 490 CDT laptop. Unplug the laptop's power cable. Turn the laptop upside down so that you can access the bottom half of the case.

Press down the battery release button and pull the battery out. Remove the screw at the lower-left end of the case that holds the plastic cover over the hard drive. Slide the plastic cover towards you to remove it from the case.

Remove the screw holding the metal hard drive tray to the inside of the Toshiba Satellite laptop. Pull the entire hard drive tray out of the laptop.

Take out the four screws that secure the hard drive to the metal tray. Slide the hard drive out of the tray. Insert the new hard drive into the tray and reinstall the four screws.

Push the hard drive tray back into the open port on the Toshiba Satellite laptop. Reattach the screw and then set the plastic cover back on top. Replace the screw that holds the cover in place.

Power on the Toshiba Satellite Pro 490CDT laptop. Insert the Toshiba recovery disk that came with the laptop into the disk drive. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to install the operating system on the new hard drive.


Before installing a new hard drive you may want to transfer any files you need from the old one to an external location, such as a CD-RW or USB pen drive.


The hard drive of your Toshiba Satellite laptop can be damaged through the release of static electricity. Before touching the new hard drive or removing the old one you need to ground yourself by grabbing onto a metal object that is touching the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Replacement hard drive
  • Toshiba recovery disk
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Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.