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How to remove the hard drive

Universal drive removal insturctions for all IBM Thinkpad notebook computers

1. Make sure your computer is turned Off. Turn the computer over, and keep the front of
machine towards you. First you must locate, and remove the drive retaining screw, which
should be located on the bottom, or side of the notebook. If it is not you should make sure
your notebook hard drive is accessible before trying to upgrade your notebook. If you have
difficulty locating your notebook hard drive, refer to your notebook documentation for
further assistance.

2. Pull the hard drive out of the computer. There is usually a pull tab, or handle to remove
the drive. A small flat headed screw driver might also be needed to ease the drive out.

Remove bracket and connector

3. Once the drive is removed, the drive bracket must be removed from the original drive. To do this use a Phillips screwdriver to remove all the necessary screws. Use this picture as and example.

Typically, the hard drive will be attached to a bracket by 4 screws. Pull the drive free from the bracket.

If there is a connector bar, make sure to carefully remove it as well.

ThinkPad 770, 770E, 770X and 770Z

Turn over the laptop and remove the battery. Turn the computer upside down. Then

ThinkPad 770, 770E, 770X and 770Z - HDD removal

1. Remove the security screw [1]. Use a 2.5-mm allen wrench or a flat-bladed screwdriver.

2. Slide the latch marked [2] all the way to the left to disengage the cover latch.

3. Swing open the drive cover [3] as shown on the picture, then remove the cover and set it aside.

[4]. Grasp the blue plastic pull tab attached to the drive and pull the drive from the computer.

Unscrew the bracket from hard drive and save for future use.

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

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» Failure: Cannot BOOT PC - receive the following error: Primary hard disk drive 0 failure. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.
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