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Compaq Armada 1100 Series laptop:
How to remove the Hard Drive

To extract your hard drive from laptop:
  • Turn off your computer. Remove the battery
  • Turn the laptop upside down
  • Remove screws securing the hard drive cover and remove the hard drive.

Step-by-step instruction

1.Turn the computer over. and remove the seven keyboard screws

With your Armada turned off, all cables disconnected from it, and the battery removed, turn it
over on a flat, stable surface so that the bottom of the computer is facing you and the labels are to your right.

Using a small slot screwdriver, remove the seven screws which hold the keyboard/cover in
place (Figure 1). These seven screws are all marked on the back of the computer with arrows.


2. Remove the keyboard/cover

Turn your Armada back over onto it’s bottom, open the screen, and lower the rear feet. As shown
in Figure 2, lift the edge of the keyboard/cover closest to the screen on both sides of the computer
(left & right). Lift the cover, tilting it towards you to unlatch it from the front of the computer and lift it off.

3. Remove the drive from the computer

Use a small slot screwdriver to remove the screw retaining the drive as shown in Figure 3. Slide the
drive slightly towards you to disconnect it from the connector in the computer. Lift the drive from the

How to remove the hard drive of Compaq laptop



After you are done with the hard drive removal you may proceed to placing the data recovery order.

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