How to Replace the Toshiba R500 SSD

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How to Replace the Toshiba R500 SSD
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An SSD drive is unlike a standard hard drive -- it is thinner and contains no moving parts. Even though your Toshiba R500 uses an SSD (solid-state drive) rather than a regular hard disk drive, it is still installed in the computer more or less the same way a regular drive is. Accessing it is easy.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Turn off and unplug the unit. Turn the unit over and disconnect the battery pack from the underside.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws on the memory compartment cover in the middle of the underside of the laptop. Lift the cover up to expose the memory module inside, as well as an orange ribbon cable.

  3. 3

    Unplug the orange ribbon cable from its port in the memory compartment.

  4. 4

    Remove all screws on the underside of the computer as well as the single screw located next to the power port on the left side of the computer.

  5. 5

    Lift the laptop base up and away from the computer by its side. The hard drive is now visible in the corner of the unit.

  6. 6

    Unplug the hard drive cable from the computer and remove the drive from the compartment.

  7. 7

    Plug your new drive cable into the port and fit the drive in place. Reverse the steps for reassembly.

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