How to Install a Savin Copier's Hard Drive

By Patrick Phelps

Updated September 26, 2017

The hard drive on your Savin disc may contain highly sensitive information.
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Most every copier manufactured since 2000 has gone digital and includes a hard drive. These hard drives not only store the copier's operating system but also are used to store image files for all copy, print, scan and fax jobs the copier completes. Savin copiers, which are manufactured by Ricoh, are equipped with a variety of hard drive types and sizes. These hard drives can be removed and replaced just like you would when removing a computer's hard drive.

Remove the copier's back panels. The panels are held in by screws or hinges depending on the copier model.

Locate the hard drive. A Savin hard drive will appear in different places and its exact location depends on the model. To find it, either refer to your service manual, or look for a small metal box that is about 6 inches long and 5 inches wide. Most Savin hard drives are kept behind this protective metal case.

Remove the metal shielding with a screwdriver. The case will be held in with up to six screws. Once all the screws are removed, the metal case can be removed easily.

Remove the hard drive. It will be attached by several screws and to a ribbon. Once you remove the screws, pull the ribbon connection from the end of the hard drive. Once removed, the hard drive will be free.

Connect a new hard drive to the ribbon. The ribbon's plugs go directly into the end of the new hard drive. Line up the pins and firmly press the ribbon and hard drive together. It either will snap or simply fit together very tightly.

Screw the screws back in. Replace the screws that hold the hard drive and metal case back into place. Replace the copier's covers.

Items you will need

  • Service manual

  • Owner's manual

  • Screwdriver


You will need to load the operating system back onto the new hard drive before using the copier.


Make sure you are electrically grounded before working on the hard drive because static electricity can damage the hard drive and other components.