How to Replace a Hard Drive in an IBM Thinkpad T30 Notebook

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How to Replace a Hard Drive in an IBM Thinkpad T30 Notebook
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Your IBM Thinkpad T30 laptop is equipped with either a 20-gigabyte or 40-gigabyte hard drive. If you want more hard drive space, or your current hard drive is corrupted or failing, you can replace the drive. You may be tempted to call a computer technician to replace the hard drive, but you can save substantial cost by purchasing a drive from a computer supply store and installing it yourself at home.

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Things you need

  • Anti-static strap
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench

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  1. 1

    Close any running applications and shut down your IBM Thinkpad T30. Disconnect any peripherals attached to the laptop. Attach an anti-static strap to your wrist. Connect the clip on the end of the strap to bare metal.

  2. 2

    Flip the T30 upside down. Pull the slide tab next to the battery component to remove the laptop battery. Lift the battery out of the compartment and set it aside.

  3. 3

    Remove the retaining screw in the corner across from the empty battery compartment with an Allen wrench. Slide the hard drive out the side of the laptop by pushing out on the hard drive connector on the edge of the laptop.

  4. 4

    Pull the hard drive connector off the edge of the hard drive. Install the hard drive connector on the new drive by pushing it onto the end of the drive. Slide the hard drive into the mounting area on the laptop and secure it with the retaining screw. Tighten the screw with an Allen wrench.

  5. 5

    Insert the battery into the battery compartment, pressing down until it clicks into place. Flip the Thinkpad upright. Remove the anti-static strap and reconnect any peripherals. Turn on the power to your T30 to test the new drive.

Tips and warnings

  • Always store hard drives in anti-static bags to protect them from damage. Do not drop your hard drive or subject it to sudden shaking.

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