The Asus EEE series essentially created the netbook category. The Surf, one of the first models, uses a 2GB flash-based system drive. This is fine for the Xandros operating system included on the Surf 2G, but if you want to use Windows XP or a large amount of Linux programs, you'll need something a little hardier. The EEE laptops with 7-inch screens are too small for normal 2.5-inch laptop hard drives, so you need a special flash storage module.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Asus EEE 701 Surf 2G
- Small Phillips-head screwdriver
- Compatible replacement flash module
Turn off your computer. Remove any power or data cables and any attachments, like an SD card or Bluetooth module. Turn the computer upside down on a clean table.
Remove the "EEE" sticker on the bottom left-hand corner of the access latch. Use your screwdriver to remove both screws from the latch. Put the screws in a cup or baggie for safekeeping. Remove the latch and set it aside.
Remove both screws from the right side of the flash storage module. (The storage module is the top card; the bottom card is the RAM; do not disturb that one). Use your finger to lift the right side of the storage module at a 30-degree angle. Pull the card out gently and set it aside.
Insert the replacement card into the slot at a 30-degree angle. Press the right side down until it sits parallel with the laptop. Replace the two screws on the right side of the card.
Replace the access latch, covering the storage card and the RAM bay. Replace the two screws to secure the latch. Re-apply the "EEE" decal if you wish. Turn the computer over.
Tips and warnings
- Replacing the storage drive on your laptop will also remove any operating systems and files on the drive, and you will have to install a new operating system to use any programs. Back up any important documents or files to an external drive before removing the system drive.
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