When space is short on your laptop hard drive, you can always choose to replace the factory drive with a larger aftermarket hard drive. The Dell XPS line was known for its high performance and top-notch graphics. Dell also made it fairly simple to replace or upgrade important parts of the M1710 laptop by making these parts easy to access on the outside of the laptop body. Follow these instructions to learn how to replace your M1710 hard drive in less than 10 minutes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
Turn off the laptop and remove the alternating current power connector.
Remove the laptop battery from the underside of the laptop by sliding the battery release button and lifting the battery out of the battery bay.
Unscrew the two screws holding the hard drive compartment in place. The laptop compartment is directly beneath the battery bay on the side of the laptop body.
Pull the hard drive compartment out of the side of the laptop gently.
Remove the two screws holding the hard drive to the compartment. The screws are located across from each other toward the front of the hard drive where there are connectors.
Pull the hard drive out of the compartment and place the new hard drive into the compartment. Reverse these instructions to put the laptop components back in place.
Tips and warnings
- Ensure the AC connector is unplugged before starting. Also back up the hard drive being replaced before handling it.
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