No User Serviceable Parts Inside

The hard disk in my Sony Vaio notebook is damaged, missing about 25GB.  No problem, I thought. I can replace it.  I found a good, larger drive at a great price on Amazon. It arrived the other day.

I’ve replaced drives on lots of notebook computers. It was easy.  Well, easy on Dells. On a Dell, you remove two screws, do a little prying, and the drive slides out easily on a shiny tray.  The Sony Vaio was not built to be repaired.

The first step is to find instructions. In itself, that was not easy.  Google came to the rescue with a link to the assembly and disassembly guide. Pretty quickly, I realized I was missing a required tool, a bamboo spatula. Bamboo!  I whittled one from a skewer and proceeded onwards and inwards.  Start by removing a screw from the back of the computer. Then, use the bamboo tool to unclip two tiny, invisible clips above the top row of keys to remove the keyboard.  Once the keyboard is folded over onto the screen, slide two clips out from the keyboard cable connector and remove the incredibly thin and delicate cable from its home.  Carefully put the keyboard aside. This is only the beginning. They hard drive is below the palm rest and mousepad assembly.

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The next step is to remove the palm rest, in the process unlocking two different cable clamp assemblies and sliding even more delicate ribbons out of their connectors.  This is where I’ve chickened out. I can see how to get the cables out and how to unscrew and remove the palmrest/mousepad assembly, but I’m not sure I can thread the ribbon cables back into their little slots when it’s time to put it all back together.

For now, I’m undecided between returning the new disk to Amazon or holding on to it and waiting for the installed drive to die. At that point, there’s not much to lose.