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New Hard Drive and Memory for a Compaq 12XL500

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Originally posted on April 13th, 2002

Ready your torx driver!

This How To will show you how to easily install a new hard drive and memory in your Compaq 12XL500 laptop.

 

The patient...

 

Flip the laptop over and remove 4 Torx T8 screws...

 

Popup the front panel cover of the laptop. I lifted it on one side first, then the middle and the other side popped up to reveal the hard drive...

 

Hard drive is right there. Remove 3 Torx T8 screws so the drive can be removed. You also need to slide the cable off.

 

Removing the cable...

 

Once the drive is out, you'll need to remove the 2 side rails that hold the drive in place. These also have Torx screws. 2 on each side. Remove these and install them on your new laptop hard drive...

 

Put everything back together (just follow the above steps in reverse) and slip the laptop on it's back.

 

The panel on the left pictured below is the memory module that comes with the Compaq laptop. Leave that alone and focus on the one on the right...

 

Remove the panel for the expansion memory slot...

 

Slide in the memory chip making sure the clips seat properly...

Pop the cover back on, screw down the memory cover and that's it.

Boot up the PC and check the memory as the laptop boots up.

 

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