How to Remove a Hard Drive in a Dell Vostro 1000 Laptop

Written by mike wallace
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While laptops are wonderfully convenient, the portability comes with a drawback: a smaller hard drive than in an equivalently priced desktop PC. If you intend on installing a lot of programs or storing a lot of data on your laptop, you probably need to remove the old hard drive and install a new one. The process is quite easy, especially on laptops like the Dell Vostro 1000, a fast machine aimed at small business environments.

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Things you need

  • Dell Vostro 1000 laptop
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Dell Vostro 1000 laptop.

  2. 2

    Unplug the battery by pushing the buttons on either side towards the "Unlocked" position. A tiny open padlock icon imprinted in the plastic denotes this position.

  3. 3

    Slide the battery free from its housing.

  4. 4

    Turn the computer so it is resting upside down, with the screen hinge facing away from you. On the right-hand edge of the laptop, right below the battery housing, is the hard drive. Unscrew the two screws that hold it in place.

  5. 5

    Pull the hard drive free by gently sliding it out of the laptop. It should disconnect rather easily.

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