Hard Drive: Dell Inspiron N5010/M5010 Service Manual

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Hard Drive

Dell™ Inspiron™ N5010/M5010 Service Manual

  Removing the Hard Drive

  Replacing the Hard Drive

WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
WARNING: If you remove the hard drive from the computer when the drive is hot, do not touch the metal housing of the hard drive.
CAUTION: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell™ is not covered by your warranty.
CAUTION: To prevent data loss, turn off your computer (see Turning Off Your Computer) before removing the hard drive. Do not remove the hard drive while the computer is On or in Sleep state.
CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on your computer).
CAUTION: Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive.
CAUTION: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery) before working inside the computer.
NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives from sources other than Dell.
NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive (see the Dell Technology Guide).

Removing the Hard Drive

  1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin.

  2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery).

  3. Remove the base cover (see Removing the Base Cover).

  4. Remove memory module(s) (see Removing the Memory Module(s)).

  5. Remove the optical drive (see Removing the Optical Drive).

  6. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard).

  7. Remove the palm rest (see Removing the Palm Rest).

CAUTION: When the hard drive is not in the computer, store it in protective antistatic packaging (see "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge" in the safety instructions that shipped with your computer).
  1. Remove the four screws that secure the hard-drive assembly.

  1. Turn the computer over and lift the hard-drive assembly out of the
    hard-drive bay to disconnect the hard-drive assembly from the connector on the system board.


hard-drive assembly

  1. Pull the interposer to disconnect it from the hard drive.


hard drive



Replacing the Hard Drive

  1. Follow the instructions in Before You Begin.

  2. Remove the new drive from its packaging.
    Save the original packaging for storing or shipping the hard drive.

  3. Connect the interposer to the hard drive.

  4. Align the hard-drive assembly with the connector on the system board and press the hard-drive assembly into the hard-drive bay until it is fully seated.

  5. Turn the computer over and replace the four screws that secure the
    hard-drive assembly.

  6. Replace the palm rest (see Replacing the Palm Rest).

  7. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard).

  8. Replace the optical drive (see Replacing the Optical Drive).

  9. Replace memory module(s) (see Replacing the Memory Module(s)).

  10. Replace the base cover (see Replacing the Base Cover).

  11. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery).

CAUTION: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may result in damage to the computer.
  1. Install the operating system for your computer, as needed. See "Restoring Your Operating System" in the Setup Guide.

  2. Install the drivers and utilities for your computer, as needed. For more information, see the Dell Technology Guide.

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