Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 Hard Drive Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the Hard Drive on your Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 7 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 Hard Drive.

Before you begin

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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 x small flat head screwdriver
  • 1 x plastic scribe (optional)

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Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive

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Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 Hard Drive

Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.

Step 1

  • Slide the locking latch over.
  • Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.
Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.Slide the locking latch over.
Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws.

Step 2

  • Remove the 2 hard drive screws.
  • Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws.
Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws. Remove the 2 hard drive screws.
Press in the 4 keyboard clips to loosen the keyboard.

Step 3

  • Turn the laptop over and open it up.
  • Press in the 4 keyboard clips to loosen the keyboard.
Unplug the keyboard cable.

Step 4

  • Carefully lift the keyboard and turn it over.
  • Unplug the keyboard cable.
Loosen the 2 top palmrest screws. You will not be able to remove them completely.

Step 5

  • Loosen the 2 top palmrest screws. You will not be able to remove them completely.
Carefully unsnap and lift off the palmrest.

Step 6

  • Unplug the 2 palmrest cables.
  • Carefully unsnap and lift off the palmrest.
Slide the hard drive to the right and lift it out of the laptop.

Step 7

  • Slide the hard drive to the right and lift it out of the laptop.
Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive

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  • Neil

    What happened to loosening 4 screws on the back panel and out comes the damned hard drive? What are these computer companies thinking these days? Starting to see a sickening trend of non removable batteries as well, I know this isn’t the same thing, but shit. STOP MAKING SHIT HARDER FOR US COMPUTER REPAIRMEN!!