How to Replace the HDD on a Sony Vaio Pcg-4A1m

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How to Replace the HDD on a Sony Vaio Pcg-4A1m
The PCG hard drive looks similar to the one pictured. (hard drive image by BigDog from

If you've overloaded the hard drive on your Sony Vaio PCG-4A1m laptop, it's probably time for a replacement. The good news is that the hard drive on the PCG laptops is accessed via a compartment on the bottom of the unit. And since the drives are user replaceable, you don't need to be an expert with electronics in order to replace them.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Power off your Sony Vaio laptop. Locate the rectangular battery on the bottom of the computer, and slide the small battery latch next to the battery to the side to release the battery from the computer.

  2. 2

    Use your fingers to pull off the rectangular cover from just above the keyboard.

  3. 3

    Turn the cover over and unplug any speaker cables connected to the underside of the cover.

  4. 4

    Unplug the thick keyboard cable from its port above the keyboard. Lift the keyboard up and set it aside. The rectangular hard drive is exposed in its metal cage inside the computer.

  5. 5

    Remove the screws holding the hard drive cage in place and unplug the drive cable from where it connects to the computer. Lift the drive assembly out of the computer.

  6. 6

    Remove the screws on each corner of the metal cage and then open the cage to expose the hard drive inside. Remove the drive and set it aside.

  7. 7

    Fit a new hard drive in the cage and reverse the steps for reassembly.

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