Sony Vaio PCG-Z1WA Hard Drive Swap Instructions
Originally Posted by sl4sher
How do I get to the hard drive of a PCG-Z1WA? It seems to be hidden, and I can't find instructions anywhere.
When I needed to find the instructions, I found your post. I couldn't find the directions so I just figured it out. Hope this helps. 1- Turn device over. Remove battery. Remove all 15 screws indicated by small arrows. 2- Turn device upright, open cover to 180 degrees. Using small slotted (flat head) driver, gently remove the plastic hinge covers. Applying gentle pressure from the outside. It is not necessary to remove the screws from the LCD. Remove screw from right hinge area. 3- Remove keyboard by using small slotted driver to gently pry it up using light pressure between the F8 key and the speaker housing. Board will rasie up from rear, then break free once clear. Be very careful to lift the keyboard up and then laterally towards the LCD, as the ribbon is very short. Use small slotted driver to pop-up the brown plastic release for the ribbon. Completely remove keyboard. 4- Locate the remaining screws, and remove them. 5- Carefully remove additional ribbon cables (x2) 6- Separate the entire top half of the silver frame, including cover piece. Cast aside. 7- HD is in the lower left quadrant. Remove the 3 screws (4th is one of the rear screws, make a note of it!) that secure the frame rails. This will free the drive. Gently remove cable. 8- Remove frame rails from drive. Attach rails to new drive, re-insert and secure frame rails. Perform Steps in reverse to reassemble. I hope this helps, as it took me forever to figure out, but my HD crapped out (Toshiba MK6021GAS HDD2183) like yours did, so we must be comrades-in-arms! Out...