How to replace a laptop hard drive in a Dell Latitude D630

This article is about how I replaced the 2.5” sata hard drive in my Dell D630. I’m fairly sure the same instructions apply to the Dell D620 laptop range as well.

Disclaimer: You use these instructions at your own risk.

It is best that you wear anti-static wrist strap, but usually I just touch a radiator beforehand.

Removing a laptop hard drive from a Dell Latitude D630

Removing a laptop hard drive from a Dell Latitude D630

How I replaced the hard drive:

  1. Turn the laptop over and unscrew the two screws for the hd caddy.
  2. Pull the hard drive out of the drive bay.
  3. Remove the one screw holding the hard drive in place, and then unclip the caddy holder.
  4. Attach the caddy to the new hard drive. It is important which way the caddy is connected due to the sata slots lining up within the laptop bay.
  5. Slot and screw the hard drive back into place.

The new hard drive at boot without an operating system, should show a message such as ‘Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart’.

Hard drive attached to a Dell Latitude D630 caddy

Hard drive attached to a Dell Latitude D630 caddy

I hope you found this guide helpful. In this instance I was replacing a faulty sata 2.5” hard drive in my Dell D630. Though I can imagine others wanting to upgrade to increase their hard drive size. Then the smaller hard drive could be placed in a usb caddy.

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