In this post I explain how to take apart a Dell Vostro 1220 laptop.
I’m taking it apart in order to remove and replace the failed hard drive which is mounted deep inside the case.
I will also show how to access and remove other main Dell Vostro 1220 internal components such as memory modules, keyboard, DVD drive, wireless card and CMOS battery.
Before you start laptop disassembly, make sure it’s turned off and battery removed.
Remove two screws securing the memory cover. Remove the cover.
Under the cover you’ll get access to both memory modules, wireless module and CMOS battery.
Remove one screws securing the DVD drive.
Pull DVD drive to the left and remove it.
Using a sharp object lift up the right side of the center control cover.
Continue removing the cover with your fingers.
Be careful, the control button board cable still connected to the motherboard.
Don’t be scared if you accidentally pulled the cable from the connector. You can reconnect it later when the keyboard is removed.
Move the center control cover toward the display so you can access keyboard screws.
Remove three screws securing the keyboard.
Lift up the keyboard and turn it over on the palm rest.
Now you can access the keyboard cable connector.
Before removing the keyboard, you’ll have to unlock the connector and release the cable.
On the following picture the keyboard connector shown in the locked position.
Carefully lift up the left side of the locking tab so it opens up at a 90 degree angle.
On the following picture the connector is shown in the unlocked position.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Disconnect the center control board cable.
Remove the center control cover.
Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.
Unroute wireless card antenna cables.
Remove all screws from the bottom.
Disconnect video cable from the motherboard. The video cable has ground cable which is secured by one screws.
Pull wireless card antenna cables though the opening in the top cover.
Disconnect touch pad cable from the motherboard.
Remove three screws securing the top cover.
Carefully separate the top cover assembly from the bottom case.
Remove top cover assembly.
The hard drive located in the lower right corner.
Disconnect one side of the USB board cable and move the cable away from the hard drive.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive.
Slide hard drive assembly to the right to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the HDD assembly.
Remove two screws on each side of the hard drive.
Separate the mounting bracket and transfer it to the new drive drive.
In my Dell Vostro 1220 laptop I had a regular 2.5″ SATA HDD installed. You can replace it with another 2.5″ SATA HDD or upgrade to a 2.5″ Solid State Drive (SSD).
Solid State Drives are more expensive but significantly faster and quiet.