How to Replace the Hard Drive in an Aspire One ZG5

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How to Replace the Hard Drive in an Aspire One ZG5
You must remove your Acer netbook's motherboard to access the hard drive. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

While many hard drives are built to last a long time, most hard drives have a lifespan of about three to five years. This largely depends on the type of data stored, and how often you transfer data to and from your laptop. Your Acer Aspire ZG5 netbook comes with a small, 8GB hard drive. Fortunately, if your Acer Aspire One netbook's hard drive dies, you can replace the drive yourself. The downside to doing this yourself is that you must completely dismantle the notebook to access the hard drive.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • ESD strap

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Power down the netbook through the operating system. Pull the display panel closed, unplug the power cable and place the laptop face down so the bottom side is facing upward. Rotate the netbook so the front edge is facing you. Spread apart the two retention levers, securing the battery to the top edge of the netbook's bottom case. Remove the battery pack from the computer.

  2. 2

    Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the modem card's compartment cover located just below the empty battery compartment. Lift the cover off of the computer. Unscrew the Phillips-head screw from the modem card, disconnect the two antenna cables and remove the card from the motherboard.

  3. 3

    Loosen all the screws on the netbook's bottom case. Flip the netbook over and pull open the display panel as far as possible. Use a thin, flathead screwdriver to disengage the three retention clips along the top edge of the keyboard assembly. Tilt the keyboard upward, unplug its ribbon cable from the motherboard and remove the keyboard from the laptop.

  4. 4

    Disconnect the blue touchpad cable from the motherboard. Remove the six Phillips-head screws from the netbook's top cover. Carefully lift the top cover off of the netbook's base to reveal the entire motherboard.

  5. 5

    Disconnect the two antenna cables from the wireless card module situated in the lower-right corner of the motherboard. Remove the Phillips-head screw fastening the module in place, and lift the module out of the computer.

  6. 6

    Disconnect the LCD video cable from the upper-left corner of the motherboard. Remove the three Phillips-head screws securing the motherboard in place. Unplug the black and red speaker cable, and unscrew the two Phillips-head screws from each display hinge.

  7. 7

    Lift the smaller, or daughter, motherboard out of the right side of the netbook's case, and then lift the rest of the main motherboard out of the computer. Place the motherboard face down on a padded surface.

  8. 8

    Disconnect the data cable extending from the back of the hard drive assembly to the motherboard's bottom side. Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the hard drive assembly. Lift the hard drive off of the motherboard.

  9. 9

    Repeat this procedure in reverse to install the new hard drive, and reassemble the netbook.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) strap while dismantling your netbook to prevent electrical damage.

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