How to Remove Hard Drive from Laptop

If you want to remove your hard drive from your laptop, you’ve come to the right place! You will be taught the entire process in this post. Just get your screwdrivers ready.

Oct 16,2019 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions

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There could be any number of reasons why you would want to remove a hard drive from your laptop, and chief among them is the need for an upgrade, isn’t? And since hard drives aren’t indestructible, they can get damaged and will need to be replaced. The steps you’ll have to take to remove your drive will be written out for you in detail in the subsequent pages.

Part 1: Is It Safe to Remove Hard Drive from Laptop?

Yes, yes, it’s very safe. There may be some risk involved but it’s very minimal (if you follow the appropriate steps). Removing your laptop’s hard drive, as you would expect, has very little to do with software. You will be handling hardware throughout the process. It entails doing a lot of screwing and unscrewing, so prepare to channel into your inner handyman.

Removing a hard drive simply means opening up your laptop and taking out the drive or drives it runs on, regardless of how many of them the laptop is compatible with. But the process of removing the drive itself should be handled with care.

For one, NEVER remove it while the system is still on and the drive is functioning. If, for some illogical reason, you do decide to remove it with the power still on, be aware that you expose the drive static electricity, which could electrocute your drive’s contents to death (no joke!). Your body can easily transmit static electricity to the drive’s fragile electronic components. In essence, you could fry the sectors on the drive and lose valuable information without even realizing it! Does it seem too surreal? Well, it’s not; just fact.

The aim is not to scare you here; it’s just a warning because there are times when removing your drive becomes a necessity:

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