How to Upgrade SSD on an Acer Aspire One

Written by mickey walburg
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How to Upgrade SSD on an Acer Aspire One
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SSD is the shorthand term for "Solid State Drive," a new type of hard drive that uses stationary memory chips to hold data instead of rotating magnetic platters which are used in most hard drives. If you have one of the latest Acer Aspire One laptops and you want to upgrade its hard drive to use an SSD, you can do so with a bit of tinkering and partial disassembly of the computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdrivers (both Phillips and flathead)

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Acer Aspire One, remove its power cord and remove the battery.

  2. 2

    Remove the 8 screws on the bottom of the computer with your Phillips screwdriver, including the 2 screws that are underneath the two rubber feet on either side of the battery bay.

  3. 3

    Pull the keyboard off of the computer by prying it off from top to bottom with your flathead screwdriver. Unplug the keyboard once it is remove and then remove the 6 screws that hold the metal panel on the computer above the motherboard.

  4. 4

    Slide the side panel off of the computer with your flathead screwdriver and then remove the video cable and the 5 screws that hold the motherboard on the computer.

  5. 5

    Lift the motherboard off of the computer to reveal the hard drive in the lower right portion of the computer. Unscrew this hard drive and pull it out of the computer.

  6. 6

    Screw your new hard drive into the computer, replace the motherboard and screw the 5 screws back in that hold it to the computer and plug the video cable back in.

  7. 7

    Replace the side panel on the computer and then replace the metal panel that goes over the motherboard and replace its 6 screws.

  8. 8

    Plug your keyboard back in and snap it back on the computer. Turn the computer upside down and replace the 8 screws that you removed.

  9. 9

    Plug the computer back in and replace its battery.

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