In the following guide I explain how to remove the hard drive from a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1010) netbook.
There is no easy way to access it from the bottom. The drive is mounted inside the case under the keyboard.
Turn off the laptop, unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery.
Remove three screws from the bottom. These screws secure the keyboard.
Insert a thin object between the top side of the keyboard and laptop case.
Lift up the keyboard and continue removing it with your fingers.
Lift up the keyboard as it shown on the picture below and flip upside down on the palm rest.
Now you can access the hard drive assembly.
The wireless card also located here.
If you would like to replace the keyboard, you’ll have to unlock the connector and release the cable.
In order to unlock the connector, very carefully move the brown lock about 2 millimeters towards the touch pad.
The lock must stay attached to the connector base.
When the connector unlocked, you can pull the cable and remove the keyboard.
Remove one screw securing the hard drive assembly.
Slide the assembly to the left and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hard drive assembly.
Now remove four screws securing the caddy, remove it and transfer to the new drive.
In my case I had a regular 160GB 2.5″ SATA HDD installed. This drive can be upgraded with any larger 2.5″ SATA HDD.
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