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How to remove a Dell Dimension Hard Drive

This post will go over removing a Dell Dimension 4700 hard drive from the machine because the original hard drive was failing. The drive isn’t all that difficult to remove but could be tricky to a new computer repair person because of the location of some of the screws.

How to remove a Dell Dimension Hard Drive 01Experience Level:

  • Beginner

Tools you will need:

  • Philips Screw driver

 

 

 

1.) The first thing that you are going to have to do in order to remove the hard drive from your Dell Dimension computer is to look at the back of the machine for the latch to remove the side of the case. Press it down and slide the case side back.

2.) You will need to un-screw the first of two screws holding in the main hard drive housing. Next flip the drive on computer’s right hand side. This will allow you to unscrew the 2nd screw holding the hard drive casing.

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3.) Unplug the SATA Hard Drive connector and then the SATA Hard drive Power Connector.

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4.)Pull the hard drive towards you. You will notice the drive is on a poor man’s latch.

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5.) Remove the screws from the hard drive enclosure. This will allow you to pull out the hard drive.

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6.) Replace the hard drive with a new replacement drive. Screw in the hard drive into the enclosure.

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7.) Insert the drive into the hard drive casing like so because of the tabs that help keep the drive firmly in the bay.

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8.) Place the drive enclosure into the machine making sure to put the tabs in the latch area at the top first. Let the drive enclosure “swing” down making sure not to damage any cables that might get in the way.

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9.) Screw the enclosure into the desktop unit inside first. Go to the bottom of the machine and replace the screw that you took out in step 2.

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10.) Slide the cover back on making sure all the teeth in side panel match up with the Dell Dimension unit. You should hear a click when it is back into place.

11.) You are going to need to re-install Windows XP on the new drive.


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