How to Upgrade an Eee PC 2G Surf HDD

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How to Upgrade an Eee PC 2G Surf HDD
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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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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