How to Change the HDD on an Asus Eee PC

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If the hard disk drive (HDD) installed to your Asus Eee PC fails, or if the hard drive no longer contains enough disk space available to store files, you can swap out the current drive and replace it with a new one. The Asus Eee PC stores the hard drive on the bottom of the netbook, making it simple to access and change the HDD.

The Asus Eee PC uses a 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive. 3.5-inch desktop hard drives or Parallel ATA (PATA) drives will not work with the Asus Eee PC.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Antistatic wrist strap

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  1. 1

    Turn off the netbook. Disconnect the power cable, close the lid and turn the computer onto its face.

  2. 2

    Remove the panel to reveal the HDD. Loosen and remove the screws attaching the cover bracket to the hard drive.

  3. 3

    Remove the cover bracket. Push the hard drive in the opposite direction of the SATA connectors so that the drive is disconnected from the Asus Eee PC.

  4. 4

    Lift the tab to pull the hard drive out of the compartment. Remove the screws securing the bottom bracket to the hard drive.

  5. 5

    Remove the new hard drive from its protective sleeve. Place the side opposite the sticker onto the bottom bracket.

  6. 6

    Screw the bottom bracket into place. Turn the new hard drive so that the connections on the drive are lined up with the connectors in the Asus Eee PC.

  7. 7

    Place the hard drive inside the compartment, and push the HDD against the SATA connectors. Replace the cover bracket and screw it into place.

  8. 8

    Reassemble the Asus Eee PC. Turn on the computer and connect a USB CD- or DVD-ROM drive to the netbook. Insert an operating system installation CD or recovery disk into the drive.

  9. 9

    Press "F2" on the Asus logo screen to enter BIOS set-up. Use the directional keys to select the "Boot" tab.

  10. 10

    Scroll down to "Boot Device Priority." Press "Enter" to open the sub-screen. Follow the directions on the right side of the screen to move "USB" to the top of the menu.

  11. 11

    Press "F10" to save and exit. The Asus Eee PC will boot from the USB CD- or DVD-ROM drive.

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