Taking apart HP Spectre x360 13t-aw000

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Taking apart HP Spectre x360 13t-aw000.

In this guide I will be taking apart an HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13t-aw000 laptop. You can use this guide for replacing or upgrading the SSD, replacing the battery, cleaning or replacing the cooling fans and accessing other internal laptop components.

All disassembly steps will be identical or very similar for HP Spectre x360 13t-aw100 and 13t-aw200 models.

HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13t-aw000 design highlights:
– This model supports one M.2 PCIe NVMe solid state drive.
– Memory is not removable. It’s permanently soldered to the motherboard.
– The wireless card is not removable – also soldered.
– Both cooling fans are permanently attached to the heatsink.

For this disassembly process you will need these essential tools: T5 Torx screwdriver, PH0 Phillips screwdriver, fine tweezers and case opener tool (optional).

Bottom cover removal

There are four screws hidden under the upper bottom cover foot. Remove the foot, it’s attached to the cover with adhesive tape.

Remove the upper bottom cover foot.

Remove four Phillips screws and two Torx screws.

Remove four Phillips screws and two Torx screws.

Start separating the bottom cover from the rest of the laptop using a case opener tool. It might be necessary to wiggle to cover in order to release hidden latches holding it in place.

Separate the bottom cover from the laptop.

Remove the bottom cover.

Remove the bottom cover.

Battery removal and replacement

Remove six screws holding the battery in place.

Remove six screws holding the battery in place.

Lift up the battery and disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

Lift up the battery and disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

You can find a new replacement battery using the HP spare part number L60373-005 or battery model number RR04XL. I recommend using genuine HP batteries.

HP spare part number L60373-005.

SSD removal and replacement

In this laptop the solid state drive (SSD) is hidden under the metal cover.

In this laptop the solid state drive (SSD) is hidden under the metal cover.

Lift up and remove the SSD cover.

Lift up and remove the SSD cover.

Remove one screw securing the SSD.

Remove one screw securing the SSD.

Pull SSD out of the slot to remove it.

HP Spectre x360 13t-aw000 supports M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 SSD type 2280.

Pull SSD out of the slot to remove it.

Cooling fans removal and replacement

In this laptop both cooling fans are permanently attached to the heatsink. If one of the fans failed, it’s necessary to replace the entire heatsink assembly.

Both cooling fans are permanently attached to the heatsink.

Peel off the black mylar cover.

Peel off the black mylar cover.

Both fan cable connectors are secured by clear plexiglass covers.

Both fan cable connectors are secured by clear plexiglass covers.

Peel off plexiglass covers from both connectors. There is adhesive tape holding it in place.

Peel off plexiglass covers from both connectors.

In order to disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard carefully lift up the connector.

In order to disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard carefully lift up the connector.

Disconnect the second fan cable.

Disconnect the second fan cable.

Peel off clear plexiglass cover securing the wireless card antenna cables.

Peel off clear plexiglass cover securing the wireless card antenna cables.

Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card. Gently lift up each connector to unsnap it from the wireless card.

Be very careful. In this laptop the wireless card is permanently attached to the motherboard and cannot be replaced if damaged.

Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.

Separate both antenna cables from the guided path on the side of the fan.

Separate both antenna cables from the guided path on the side of the fan.

Remove eight screws attaching the cooling fan assembly to the motherboard.

Remove eight screws attaching the cooling fan assembly to the motherboard.

Remove the fan/heatsink assembly.

Remove the fan/heatsink assembly.

You can find a new cooling fan assembly using this HP part number: L77388-001.

You can find a new cooling fan assembly using this HP part number: L77388-001.

Here’s the other side of the assembly.

Don’t forget to clean up the processor and apply new thermal grease before installing the fan/heatsink assembly back in place.

Here's the other side of the assembly.

Now you can access all other internal laptop components.

Now you can access all other internal laptop components.


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