How to Remove the Hard Drive From a Tower Computer

by Michelle Carvo

Even with regular maintenance, many tower computer hard drives won’t last more than a few years. If you’ve recently noticed a loud noise coming from your computer, if you are unable to boot up the computer or if you’d simply like to upgrade to a larger hard drive, then it may be time to remove the hard drive from your computer. Luckily, removing a hard drive from a tower computer is straightforward, so even a less experienced PC user can do it.

1

Shut down your computer by clicking “Start." Select "Shut Down," then “Shut Down” again.

2

Unplug all of the cables from the back of the computer, including the power and network cables.

3

Place the computer on a flat surface. Touch a metal surface to ground yourself against static electricity. (Static electricity can damage the computer, so it’s important to make sure you’re grounded.)

4

Remove the screws securing the side of the case using either a Phillips or flat head screwdriver, depending on the type of screws used on your computer.

A standard 3.5 inch hard drive
5

Remove the case and locate the hard drive, which is typically located underneath the CD/DVD drive in the front of the computer.

6

Remove all of the cables from the hard drive. Remove the screws that are securing the hard drive in place. Gently remove the hard drive from the hard drive bay.

7

Place the removed hard drive on a flat surface that is free of dust and hair.

Items you will need

About the Author

Catherine Hewson has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to a variety of websites. She is also a technical writer with extensive experience in Android/iPhone development and PC repair. Hewson holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from the University of Michigan-Flint and works as an IT project manager.

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