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Organize your online information with the data management and storage tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A micro screwdriver
- A new hard drive
- An anti-static wrist strap (optional)
- Rubber-soled shoes (optional)
Backup old drive
Backup the old hard drive and save files you want to transfer to the new one.
Turn off computer
Turn off the computer and unplug the external cables, including the power cable.
Open the computer
Remove the housing and unplug the ribbon cable, also known as the multi-wire planar cable, and the power cable from the old hard drive.
Remove the hard drive
Use a micro screwdriver to remove the screws holding the hard drive in place, and then gently slip it out.
Install new hard drive
Secure the new hard drive in place with the original screws and then reattach the ribbon and power cables.
Put the housing back on, reattach the external cables, and then restart the computer.
Reinstall operating system
Reinstall or upgrade your operating system and then copy your backed up programs and files to the new drive.