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Dell Desktop computer: How to Remove the Hard Drive

Illustrated Help provided here for:
Dell Dimension 3000
Dell Precision 4xx/V

Before you start extracting the drive

Before you open the case, turn your computer off and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Gently lay down the computer on a flat surface to access the side panel of the unit.

Removing a Hard Drive - Dell Dimension 3000

Disconnect the power and data cables from the drive and from the system board.

1. Remove the hard drive bracket from the computer:

  • Remove the bracket-securing screws for the hard drive.
  • Warning: Check the bracket-securing screw on the buttom of a computer case!
  • Remove the bracket for the hard drive from the computer.

2. Remove the drive from the bracket:

  • Remove the hard drive-securing screws.
  • Remove the hard drive from the bracket.

Removing a Hard-Disk Drive: Dell Precision 4xx/V

  • Remove the 2 screws that hold the hard-disk drive bracket to the chassis, and lift the bracket away from the chassis.
  • Remove the 4 screws securing the drive in the bay.
  • Disconnect the cables from the back of the drive.
  • Slide the drive out of the bay.

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