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Windows 7: How To Install And Mount Internal Laptop Hard drive

08 Apr 2010   #1
Enigma

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 (Will be upgrading to Windows 8 upon release)
 
 
How To Install And Mount Internal Laptop Hard drive

Hello all!

I have a few questions about installing and mounting an internal laptop harddrive. My machine has 2 harddrive slots, one which has the manufacturer provided drive and the other slot which is currently empty. My laptop is a Asus G72GX gaming machine. I just bought a Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10TPVT 1 Terabyte 5200 RPM 2.5 inch SATA hard drive from newegg.com. So I opened my notebook and slid it into the slot and it was a perfect fit. But then I screwed the cover back on and then noticed that the drive was moving around inside. So I opened it back up and saw that there were screw holes on the drive and where it fits in, and I figured that something must be placed there to give a snug fit. I contacted a PC tech guy I knew and he said that I would need to buy mounting brackets, which the manufacturer didnt include, for about $5 to $10. but before i do so, i decided to post this question here so that i can make sure that I am buying something which is a surefire solution, so I dont have to go through the hassle of returning it. So my questions are, what EXACTLY do I need to look for when I do a search on Google? I looked on the Western Digital website and it appears that they dont sell the mounting brackets. Also, the tech guy I talked to said that Asus laptops have a peculiarity in regards to mounting an internal laptop harddrive, in they they supposedly arent standardized, so that a particular harddrive/mounting bracket/etc might not fit correctly. I need to know well in advance that whatever i buy will fit correctly without a hitch. It should include the bracket(s), screws, and anything else i might need. Well, that's all for now, and I thank in advance anyone who takes the time out of their day to answer my question. Reply soon................................



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08 Apr 2010   #2
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Just buy a universal bracket. It has slots rather than precise screw holes for mounting. That way the screws don't need to line up perfectly to be secure.
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08 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would inspect the other disk and check how it is mounted. That should give you a clue.
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08 Apr 2010   #4
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It seems strange some type of mounting bracket was not included. On the Dells, the mounting bracket is the cover for the opening. I checked the owners manual but it does not show the hard drive installations.
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09 Apr 2010   #5
Enigma

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 (Will be upgrading to Windows 8 upon release)
 
 

Thanks for the quick replies.I do have another unrelated question though.While screwing the cover back on I accidentally dropped one of the screws into the laptop and now it is trapped. I'm not willing to take it apart to get it out because I am not good at putting things back together in one piece. So my question is, does a loose screw inside pose any real threat or is it nothing to worry about? I dont want it being melted by the heat of the processor, getting caught inside the fan or somehow melding itself to the motherboard, etc. well, gotta go, thanks again.
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09 Apr 2010   #6
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It would be basically impossible for us to give you a guarantee it would not cause a problem at some later date. It would certainly depend on where it is and what other areas it might eventually have access to.

I know I would try to get it out..
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09 Apr 2010   #7
Enigma

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 (Will be upgrading to Windows 8 upon release)
 
 

I really have no idea where it might be at inside the machine. I've lightly shaken the laptop from side to side and tilted it every which way andd i cant hear it moving around inside. But at the same time, im kinda worried about removing the entire case to find it cuz i'm not entirely confident in my ability to extract the screw and put the laptop back together in one piece. Would I need to somehow disconnect the screen in the process of remove the cover? if its as simple as removing the case, getting it out and then putting it back together again and i know exactly how to do so and which part/screw/etc goes where then i might try it. i dont think i would have to actaully dismantle any internal components once i get the case off , i could simply use trial and error to locate and extract it. from there it would probably be a simple thing to just keep track of which screws goes where and exactly how to put the case back on. or is it harder to do so than it seems? so far it doesnt seem to be affecting my performance. maybe i'll just talk to my tech friend and get him to get it out for free. can someone here who has experience with taking apart and putting laptops (asus in particular) respond to this post, please? Thanks, reply soon..........
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09 Apr 2010   #8
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I would remove that screw before powering up that laptop again...

I've taken laptops apart, and repaired them, and I hate doing it. Every one of them is different and quirky, and easy to break. If you do take it apart, please do so carefully, as some of the connectors and parts inside are quite fragile.

A better idea is to take the thing to someone with experience in the repair of laptops. A nice laptop like that is worth the $20 or $30 it will cost to have the screw removed, don't you think?

I don't do laptops any more. I don't even open my own, and I have some training at this.
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09 Apr 2010   #9
Enigma

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 (Will be upgrading to Windows 8 upon release)
 
 

well, its a bit too late, i have booted up and shut down many times already and everything seems to be functioning normally. But for now im going to trust my better instinct and cease using it until tomorrow til i can go to my friend's repair shop and get him to do it. I know him quite well,and he will do it for free money-wise, and maybe even obtain (or already have on hand) the parts necessary to mount the drive and secure it. although i'm sure he might ask for a favor or 2 in exchange for his time, which i have no problem with. well, thanks again......................
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09 Apr 2010   #10
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

That's a great idea.
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