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Generic PC Case for Desktop Computer: How to remove a Hard Drive

Before extracting the hard drive from PC case:

  • Always shut down the computer before opening it to avoid damaging its internal components.
  • Unplug the power cord and external cables from the computer.

Removing a hard drive from a typical desktop computer is a trivial thing to do, because most of these desktop PC components are standardized. Motherboards come in a few standardized sizes and layouts, power supplies are physically about the same size and have standard mounting holes. All Hard drives fit into the same standard slots and have same connectors.

A typical Desktop PC case with HDD rack
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Internal bays for hard drive inside a typical PC case

The advanced modern desktop cases come with tool-less HDD-holders. You don’t need even a screwdriver to remove hard drive from such PC. Just open the cover (couple of screws on the back for most models), slide away the couple of connectors from the drive (one from power supply, other from motherboard), and remove the drive from the internal bay.

An advanced Desktop PC case with HDD racks
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Internal bays for hard drives in advanced Desktop PC cases

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