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Sony VAIO laptop: How to Remove the Hard Drive

Before you start:
  • Turn off your computer. Remove the battery
  • Locate the hard disk bay on you computer
  • Remove screws securing the hard drive cover and remove the hard drive

If you want remove the Sony VAIO hard drive, we recommend that you allow a qualified service person to do it. If you decide to remove the drive yourself, follow these instructions carefully.

1. With your Sony VAIO 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.

Using a small screwdriver, remove all screws which you found on the bottom.

We advise you to mark all case screws, some are longer than others.

2. Remove the keyboard/cover

Turn your Sony VAIO back over onto it’s bottom, open the screen, and remove the keyboard.

Under the keyboard you will find few more screws. Unsrew them, now you may lift the upper part of computer frame up.

Now you have access to hard drive to remove it..

Do not forget to remove the tray and a connector bar from the hard drive, if they used on your model.

Keep them for the new drive installation.

Sony HDD Location example: What’s inside the Vaio VGN

Inside the Sony Vaio VGN

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

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