How to Upgrade an Asus 701 SSD

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How to Upgrade an Asus 701 SSD
Increase the storage space of an Asus 701 netbook. (laptop keyboard image by René Sputh from Fotolia.com)

The Asus 701 is a highly portable mini laptop (also referred to as a "netbook") that uses a solid state drive--also known as an SSD--to store operating system files as well as user information such as digital pictures and downloads from the Internet. The netbook is designed primarily as a tool to browse the Internet so the factory installed SSD usually does not have enough space to store large amounts of information. Replace the factory installed SSD on an Asus 701 with an SSD that has larger storage space so that more user information can be saved to the netbook.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Replacement SSD drive for the Asus netbook
  • Philips screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the netbook over and set it down so that the base of the netbook is oriented upward and facing you and the battery panel and back of the netbook is oriented away from you.

  2. 2

    Press the tabs on either side of the battery (located on the base of the netbook toward the back) to release the battery. Remove the battery from the netbook.

  3. 3

    Remove the two screws from the large cover plate in the middle of the netbook base. Remove the cover from the netbook.

  4. 4

    Remove the screw closest to the memory modules that secures the drive bracket that is connected to the SSD drive. Press down on the SSD drive and slide the drive to your right and then remove the SSD drive from the netbook.

  5. 5

    Loosen and remove the four screws that secure the drive bracket to the SSD drive.

  6. 6

    Remove the bracket from the drive. Place the bracket on the replacement SSD drive oriented the same way as the original drive. Position and tighten the four drive bracket screws to secure the drive bracket onto the drive.

  7. 7

    Place the drive with the drive bracket attached back into the drive bay in the base of the netbook. Slide the drive to your left so that the drive connectors plug into the netbook. Position and tighten the screw that secures the drive bracket to the netbook. Place the drive cover back on the netbook and position then tighten the cover in place with screws.

  8. 8

    Place the netbook battery back into the netbook battery slot until it snaps into place. Confirm that the battery is secured.

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