How to Remove a Hard Drive for Disposal

by Quinten Plummer

Removing your damaged or dead hard drive instead of replacing the whole system can save you a lot of money. Though it may seem like a daunting task, removing your hard drive is a lot easier than you think. All it takes is a screwdriver and a little time.

Power off your computer. Unplug the computer and everything plugged into the computer, and then place it on a stable work surface.

Remove the screws securing the case to the frame. The screws will be located at the back of the computer, situated along the outside.

Set the screws aside for safekeeping and then slide the side panels of the case off of the frame. Discharge any static accumulated on your clothing by rubbing your hand against a sizable metal portion of the case.

Unplug the power cable connected to the power hard drive and then remove the IDE or SATA data cable.

Remove the screws securing the hard drive to its bay--there will be screws on both sides of the bay. Set the screws aside for safekeeping and remove the hard drive.


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About the Author

Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

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