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Gateway desktop computer:
How to Remove a Hard Drive

To extract the hard drive from Gateway Desktop computer:
  • Always shut down the computer before opening it to avoid damaging its internal components.
  • Unplug the power cord and external cables from the computer.

Step-by-step instruction

The following steps explain how to remove the hard drive in the Pinta desktop mid-tower case:

1. Turn off the computer, disconnect the power cord.

2. Remove the left side of the case.


  • If present on the rear of the case, remove the shipping retention thumbscrew.
Replacing the thumbscrew later is optional
  • At the top of the case, locate and press in the left side panel release clip.
press in the left side panel release clip
  • Pull the left side panel away from the case.
Note: If the side panel is difficult to remove, ensure that the release clip is pressed in all the way before pulling the side panel away from the case.
Open the covering panel


3. Inside the case, disconnect the data cable from the rear of the hard drive.


disconnect the data cable


4. Disconnect the power cord from the hard drive.

Disconnect the power cord


5. Unlock the hard drive from the hard drive cage by sliding the locking lever toward you.

Slide the locking lever toward you...



6. Slide the hard drive out of the hard drive cage.

Slide the hard drive out.




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

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