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  1. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Disconnecting the Hard-Drive Cable: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • WARNING : Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in Before Working Inside Your Computer. After working inside your computer, follow the instructions in After Working Inside Your Computer.

    • CAUTION: Hard drives are fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive.

    • CAUTION: To avoid data loss, do not remove the hard drive while the computer is in sleep or on state.

    • Using the pull tab, disconnect the hard-drive cable from the system board.

  2. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Removing the Cable: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Note the hard-drive cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guides on the computer base.

  3. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Removing Screws: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base.

  4. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Lifting the Hard-Drive Assembly: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the hard-drive assembly off the computer base.

  5. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Removing Screws: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard drive.

  6. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Disconnecting the Interposer: step 6, image 1 of 2 Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Disconnecting the Interposer: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the interposer from the hard drive.

  7. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Connecting the Interposer: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Connect the new interposer to the hard drive.

  8. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Screw Align: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Align the screw holes on the hard-drive bracket with the screw holes on the hard-drive assembly.

  9. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Replacing Screws: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Replace the screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard-drive assembly.

  10. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Screw Align: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Align the screw holes on the hard-drive assembly with the screw holes on the computer base.

  11. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Replacing Screws: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Replace the screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to the computer base.

  12. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Hard-Drive Cable Route: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Route the hard-drive cable through the routing guides on the computer base.

  13. Alienware 17 R2 Hard Drive Replacement, Connecting the Hard-Drive Cable: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Connect the hard-drive cable to the system board.

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