When the ASUS Eee PC appeared on the market in 2007, it caused a major stir among computer buyers who were not accustomed to seeing extremely small laptop computers for under £260. In the years since the first Eee PC was released, ASUS has greatly refined the design. Current Eee PC models use the "Seashell" design, which tapers gently toward the front like its namesake. Eee PC models with this design use widely available SATA hard drives, and you can use this to your advantage by adding hundreds of gigabytes of storage to your low-cost laptop.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- 2.5-inch SATA notebook hard drive
Turn the Eee PC off and remove the battery. Turn the Eee PC upside down and remove the four Phillips screws from the corners of the laptop.
Remove the screw from the vented memory cover in the centre of the Eee PC. Remove the cover, set it aside and remove the light-coloured Phillips screw under the cover.
Turn the Eee PC over and open the screen. Use a flathead screwdriver to push the four securing tabs above the keyboard up. As you do this, place a finger under one of the keyboard keys and lift the keyboard assembly to prevent the tabs from returning to their original positions. When the keyboard is free, flip it down so it covers the touchpad.
Use a fingernail to pull the black plastic latch securing the larger of the two ribbon cables below the keyboard. Remove the keyboard assembly and set it aside.
Remove the five Phillips screws from the aluminium shield under the keyboard's original position.
Place a flathead screwdriver or fingernail in the plastic seam running along the side of the Eee PC, and use it to pry the two halves of the netbook apart. Do this carefully, because the plastic is thin and easily damaged. Flip the top half down, leaving the small ribbon cable for the touchpad connected.
Remove the Phillips screw holding the hard drive to the Eee PC chassis.
Lift either of the plastic latches securing the silver cable above the hard drive. Move the cable out of the way, then use the black pull tab to remove the hard drive and its metal caddie from the Eee PC.
Remove the four Phillips screws holding the hard drive to the caddie. Replace it with the new hard drive and reinstall the screws.
Place the caddie back into the Eee PC, making sure that the connectors on the edge of the hard drive go in first.
Put the Eee PC back together by reversing these steps.
Tips and warnings
- These instructions refer specifically to the "Seashell" laptop design, which most Eee PC models use as of 2010. However, ASUS has released many Eee PC models. Confirm that your Eee PC matches the description in this article before opening it.
- The Eee PC hard drive is not a user-serviceable component. To upgrade it, you will have to remove a screw with a warranty sticker, which will void your warranty. If your Eee PC is still under warranty, consider hiring a professional who will guarantee his or her work.
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