How to disassemble Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 disassembly

In this guide I’ll be taking apart a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430.

I’ll show how to access main internal components (steps 1-11 ) and remove the keyboard (steps 12-18).

As always, make sure the laptop is turned off before you start taking it apart.


Unlock and remove the battery.

Remove laptop battery


Loosen screws securing two service covers on the bottom and remove both covers.

Remove service covers


When both covers removed you can get access to the following internal laptop components:
– CMOS battery.
– Wireless card.
– Hard drive.
– Cooling fan.
– RAM (memory) modules.

Access internal laptop components


Remove one screw securing the optical drive.

Pull the optical drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard and remove it.

Remove optical drive


Remove two screws securing the hard drive assembly.

Slide the hard drive to the shown direction to disconnect it from the motherboard.

Disconnect laptop hard drive


Lift up and remove the hard drive.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 has a regular 2.5″ SATA hard drive installed. It can be easily replaced with SSD.

Remove laptop hard drive


The CMOS battery can be easily disconnected and replaced.

CMOS battery


In order to remove the wireless card it’s necessary to disconnect two antenna cables.

Simply grab the gold connector on the end of the antenna cable and lift it up.

After both antenna cables disconnected you’ll have to remove one screw securing the wireless card and pull the card from the slot.

Wireless card


The cooling fan secured by three screws.

If you are replacing the fan you’ll have to remove these screws and unplug the fan cable from the motherboard.

Disconnect cooling fan

STEP 10.

After that you can lift up and remove the fan.

Remove cooling fan

STEP 11.

When the cooling fan removed, you can clean up the heatsink from dust.

Clean heatsink

STEP 12.

Now we are going to remove the keyboard.

It’s not necessary to go though steps 3-11 in order to remove the keyboard.

Remove two screws securing the keyboard on the bottom.

Remove keyboard screws

STEP 13.

Slide the keyboard about 2-3 millimeters towards the display so there is a gap between the bottom side of the keyboard and palm rest assembly.

Slide keyboard towards display

STEP 14.

Start separating the keyboard from the top cover.

Lift up keyboard

STEP 15.

Be careful, the keyboard cables still connected to the motherboard.

You’ll have to disconnect both cable from the motherboard as it shown in steps 16-17.

Keyboard cables connected

STEP 16.

Here’s how to unlock the cable connector.

Carefully lift up the brown retainer using your fingernail. The cable retainer will open up at a 90 degree angle.

Unlock connector

STEP 17.

Now you can pull keyboard cable from the connector.

Unplug keyboard cable

STEP 18.

Now you should be able to remove the keyboard completely.

Remove and replace laptop keyboard

2 Responses

  1. Filipe Fernandes

    Hello, please help me, left LCD hinge of mine is broked nad I need to change/repair it, but I dont find a way to acess it, can you tell me how do it please? Many thanks by your attention

  2. joy

    Please let me share some ideas about disassembling lenovo e49.which i have learned by myself.

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