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Old 08-05-2018, 11:37 AM   #1
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I'm trying to replace my hdd with a ssd but when I open the computer there are 3 small ribbon cables that I'm having trouble getting disconnected to get the access I need to the hdd. Please help. Thank you in advance.
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Unless you see tape or something, grasp by the connectors not the ribbon and pull streight. It's a tight fit.
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The manual is here and I see this is a laptop https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/Q405UA/HelpDesk_Manual/ be careful as laptop cables are not always robust.
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Thank you all for the replies and for the manual!!! I really appreciate this!!!
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Does anybody have access to a repair manual Thank you
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Does anybody have access to a repair manual Thank you
Read post #3.
The go here:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...F2DB&FORM=VIRE
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That was an owners type manual not a repair manual when I loaded it
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I will view the video thank you
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Be very careful when going through steps for "free" Repair Manuals. They're not usually free and can contain Malware. Owners Manuals as Joeten recommended from the OEMs are fine.
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Thank you for your reply. Glad for the advice
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Corday that is a youtube video and I use those all the time to double check unusual hardware installs without incident.
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Corday that is a youtube video and I use those all the time to double check unusual hardware installs without incident.
I wasn't referring to the video. I was speaking in general about "free" shop manuals.
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Oh I so agree you have to be real careful with any 3rd party help site.
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I'm trying to replace my hdd with a ssd but when I open the computer there are 3 small ribbon cables that I'm having trouble getting disconnected to get the access I need to the hdd. Please help. Thank you in advance.

Those ribbon cables are connected with a small snap plastic top on them to hold them in place . get a small plastic spudger and gently lift them up and it will pull out easily. You will have to reverse out the procedure when re-installing and snap in the small plastic holder with your finger or whatever works for you. You can do this sometimes with your fingernail or a very small jewelers flat edge screwdriver if you are confident in what you are doing, but just don't pull them out with out relieving the suppress of the clip.


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I've never heard of a "spudger" (either). I checked with Siri, and she says it's a "Wiring tool used for poking or adjusting small wires or components." and follows up with a significantly longer description, too long to re-type here. She also says, "See more on Wikipedia".
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It is used for more than 1 job ie gentle prising of phone screens, think of it like a tiny leverage tool.
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News to me but good to know.
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Any You Tube video about disassembling laptops will mention getting a "Spudger"
It's just a plastic thing to help pry things out. Many people use a guitar pick (Plectrum) from those across the pond.
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