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Introducción

Replacing the Hard Drive for a laptop can speed it up and add more storage. Keep in mind that after replacing the hard drive you must reinstall your Operating System. Locate all product keys needed before performing this guide.

  1. Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Battery: paso 1, imagen 1 de 1
    • Make sure the laptop is not plugged into any wall outlets or the charger

    • Unlock the battery by sliding the right-hand switch to the right.

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    • While holding the left-hand switch to the left position, pull the battery away from the laptop.

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    • The battery is now fully removed and the laptop will not power on without it.

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    • Using the #0 Philips head, unscrew the indicated screw.

    • Carefully pull the RAM cover up and away.

  5. Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement: paso 5, imagen 1 de 1
    • Unscrew the indicated 5.7mm screw beneath the RAM Cover.

    There Is one More screw that needs to be removed!!!

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    • Remove another screw above the battery release tab

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    • Using a thin plastic tool (such as a guitar pick or spudger) at the top of the keyboard just above the F7 key, gently pry the keyboard away.

    • Move the spudger to either end at the top of the keyboard to fully undo all plastic clips.

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    • Carefully tip the keyboard upwards and pull it slightly away from the body of the laptop.

    • Be careful not to put stress on the ribbon cable below.

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    • Carefully unclip the ribbon cable by tipping the keyboard towards the screen.

    • The keyboard is now completely disconnected.

  9. Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Top Cover: paso 10, imagen 1 de 2 Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Top Cover: paso 10, imagen 2 de 2
    • Remove the indicated 5.7mm screws.

    • Remove the smaller 3mm screws from underneath the battery compartment.

    On the one I worked on there where 3 screws above the disk drive which caused the shroud to break. Make use to remove the disk drive and take out the screws before proceeding to the next step

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    • With a plastic spudger, pry away the silver top cover from the black casing.

    • Move the tool to the right and left along the seams to fully disconnect the cover.

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    • Disconnect the indicated ribbon cables underneath where the keyboard sits.

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    • Lift the cover upwards and away from the body of the laptop, after removing the optical drive and unscrewing the three screws on the right

    My same product does not have an open top because there are three screws in the ODD….ㅠㅠ

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  13. Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Fan: paso 14, imagen 1 de 2 Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Fan: paso 14, imagen 2 de 2
    • Peel back the yellow tape to expose the ribbon connector.

    • Unplug the ribbon cable from the motherboard.

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    • Unplug the 3-wire connector from the motherboard.

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    • Unscrew the indicated 5.6mm screws with the #0 Phillips Head Screwdriver.

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    • Remove the fan from the device.

    Aluminum flux cable isn’t attached to fan assembly

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    On bottom right to remove the driver gently slide the entire assembly to the right it will come out in one piece

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  17. Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Motherboard: paso 18, imagen 1 de 2 Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Motherboard: paso 18, imagen 2 de 2
    • Unscrew the two screws on the right hand speaker with the #0 Phillips Head.

    • Unplug the speaker connector from the motherboard.

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    • Reaching under the daughter board, disconnect the connector.

    • It will be under the board in the area indicated.

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    • Unscrew the indicated 5.6mm screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    Incorrect screw removal info. Under and to the right of B3 no screw until further assembly.

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    • The motherboard can now be removed by pulling upwards, tilting it to the left of the laptop until the connectors clear the body of the laptop.

  21. Dell Inspiron N4010 Hard Disk Drive Replacement, Hard Disk Drive: paso 22, imagen 1 de 1
    • Unscrew the 6 Phillips head screws holding the hard drive to the motherboard with the #0 driver head.

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    • Slide the hard drive towards the center of the motherboard.

    • The hard drive should come away from the motherboard.

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    • Undo the 2 screws with the #0 Phillips head driver on either side of the hard drive assembly.

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    • Slide the assembly off of the hard drive.

Conclusión

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I hope somebody at Dell lost their job over this design.

Jason Northrup - Contestar

hahaha i agree

Robert G -

The N4010 is definitely a beautiful-looking set, but it’s sure a tough nut to crack when it’s time to repair something inside it, lol :-D

Terry McKean -

A bunch of screws not listed have to be removed also they are in proximity of the cmos battery I imagine someone will damage their machine following this NOT GOOD! I signed up just to post this! Look for screws with the LETTER B they need removing before the board can come out! ifixit should screen their submissions better

ptooti - Contestar

In step 20 we remove the screws

Jonathan Sellier -

I have the blue top/black bottom/silver keyboard-bezel N4010…. it’s defintely beautiful to my eyes, both in cabinet design and bright and clear picture on the display. Changing the 500 gig hard drive is exactly what I need to do to it. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, Jonathan Sellier. I was wondering what kind of connectors the HD had, and I see from the last photo that you posted in the series above that it’s a SATA connection. Now I know what to order for a replacement. Thanks again. :-)

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