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Replace HDD in 14" Laptop (PB EasyNote NM85)


onion86
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Hi all,

My gf's laptop is ridiculously slow and I have a spare 128GB Crucial M4 SSD that I was going to put in to speed it up, the only problem is that the HDD doesn't seem to be easily removable like most laptops I'm used to (just slide out of SATA connector then remove).

The laptop is a Packard Bell Easynote NM85 (14") Tesco link to Laptop Does anyone know how I get the hard drive out of this particular model? (Packard Bell forums no longer available)

I'll take some pictures tonight if required but basically there is the normal removable cover over HDD/RAM but inside there is a metal cage around the HDD that clips under the shell and 0 space to remove it, maybe due to not having as much space as a regular 15". I can't find any other posts about this on forums/youtube etc. The next step is to remove the shell of the laptop but thought I'd ask for advice unless I'm missing something blindingly obvious as that seems too much effort for a simple job!

Thanks very much, Stu

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Jock1e

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Press the installation part for refitting the hard drive and you need the likes od Adobe to open it if my 2nd link did not work.

Crucial

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woodchip

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My Medion Had side loaded drive but screws was in the side. It may also be behind the battery. Take the Battery out and have a look

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onion86

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Here we go, Rear of Case and HDD in metal casing. As you can see it doesn't come out of the side, there are audio ports there as the above photos I'd already posted and described. the 2nd pic shows the casing as far as it can be removed.

I was kind of avoiding calling PB support because they'll no doubt say "take it to a laptop repair place and pay them £££ to do this simple job because we won't tell you how".

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Jock1e

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onion86

Nice find I must admit it is usually fairly easy to find out how to replace hard drives on most Laptops but extremely hard to find the one for yours.

Glad you finally found it.

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lotvic

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It looks like the metal bracket casing is 'hinged' via the screws at far end and that's as far as it moves. I think the HDD is supposed to rise up with the metal bracket so that you can then disconnect the cable to the HDD.

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onion86

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Have found this which has the Acer model numbers for the laptop, still can't find any references on how to remove the hard drive though :(

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onion86

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Hi lotvic, the problem is the 'hinge' is actually two bits of metal sticking out from the metal casing going physically between the front/rear laptop casing, in my 2nd pic 'hinging' the casing I've removed all screws attached to the HDD/metal case in any way. The SATA connector is also soldered to the mobo, not on a cable of any sort so raising the HDD up much at all will more than likely damage the connector.

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onion86

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This one is a link to the Aspire 4741 referenced in my previous link, looks the same as the TM85 guide on Tim's laptop guides. Only problem is they still appear to just slide out which mine has no room at all to do so. I'll have another look at the laptop tonight, see if I'm missing something blindingly obvious!

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lotvic

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Ah I think I got it but hard to describe in words, looks as if you have to slide it to the left until it detaches from motherboard and the two metal lugs on bracket disengage from their 'slider' slot and then lift it out.

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