In this guide I explain how to disassemble a Dell Inspiron N4010 laptop.
My goal is removing and replacing the hard drive.
Dell Inspiron N4010 doesn’t have easy access to the hard drive. It’s mounted deep inside, under the motherboard.
In order to remove and replace the hard drive I’ll have to disassemble the entire laptop and remove the motherboard.
In this guide I’ll go through the following major disassembly steps:
STEP 1-3: Accessing both RAM modules and removing the DVD drive.
STEP 4-11: Disconnecting and removing the keyboard.
STEP 12-15: Removing top cover assembly.
STEP 16-18: Disconnecting and removing the cooling fan.
STEP 19-23: Removing the motherboard and hard drive.
If you need to remove and replace the LCD screen, check out my second guide for Dell Inspiron n4010
First of all make sure the laptop is turned off.
Unlock and remove the battery.
Remove one screw securing the memory cover.
Lift up and remove the cover.
Remove one screw securing the DVD drive.
Pull the DVD drive and remove it.
Remove two screws securing the keyboard on the bottom.
On the front side the keyboard secured by three plastic tabs.
Insert a thin object (I’m using plastic stick) between the keyboard and top cover assembly.
Slide the keyboard towards the touchpad about 1-2 millimeters.
Lift up the keyboard.
Continue removing the keyboard with your fingers.
Carefully lift up the top side of the keyboard and move the keyboard towards the screen.
Now you can access the keyboard cable connector.
Before you pull the cable it’s necessary to unlock the connector.
Lift up the left side of the retainer with your finger nail. The retainer will open up at a 90 degree angle.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove screws from the bottom.
Disconnect the power button board cable (1) and touchpad cable (2).
Use same technique as for disconnecting the keyboard cable. Unlock the connector and pull the cable.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the bottom case. I’m using the guitar pick for that.
Remove the top cover assembly.
Here’s the bottom side of the top cover assembly.
Here you can access the power button board and touchpad.
When the top cover removed you can get access to the following internal components:
- Cooling fan.
- Wireless card.
- Bluetooth card.
- CMOS battery.
Disconnect the I/O board cable from the motherboard.
Remove two screws securing the cooling fan.
Unplug the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove the cooling fan.
Disconnect the following cables from the motherboard:
- Video cable (1).
- DC jack cable (2).
- Speaker cable (3).
The video cable connected the same way as the keyboard cable.
Unlock the connector and pull the cable from the connector.
Carefully lift up the right side of the motherboard and separate it from the daughter card.
Remove the motherboard.
On the following picture you can see the base without motherboard installed.
Turn the motherboard upside down.
Now you can access and remove the hard drive.
Remove two screws securing the hard drive assembly to the motherboard.
Remove the hard drive assembly.
Now the hard drive is ready for the replacement.