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08-04-2012 07:42 AM - edited 08-04-2012 07:44 AM
Upgrading the Hard Drive
1: Shut down your Compaq Mini laptop and unplug all of the cables attached to your device. Turn the laptop upside down and rotate it so the back of the laptop is closest to you.
2: Push the battery-control latches on the left and right side of the battery in, toward the center of the battery to unlock it. Remove the battery from the battery bay. Slide the component cover release latch, located on the upper-right edge of the battery bay, to the right to unlock the component cover. Lift and remove the component cover. The hard drive bracket is located just above the right side of the battery bay.
3: Remove the four screws in each corner of the hard drive bracket using a Phillips screwdriver.
4: Grasp the pull-tab on the left side of the hard drive bracket and pull it to the right edge of the hard drive bay to disconnect it from the Compaq Mini. Remove the hard drive bracket from the Compaq Mini.
5: Unscrew and remove the two screws on each side of the hard drive bracket to remove the bracket from the hard drive. Slide the old hard drive out of the bracket, then slide the new hard drive into the bracket.
6: Screw in the four screws that connect the hard drive to the bracket. Set the hard drive bracket carefully along the right wall of the hard drive bay and pull it to the left to connect it to the Compaq Mini. Replace the four screws in each corner of the hard drive bracket.
7: Slide the component cover on the Compaq Mini and press down carefully until it clicks and locks into position. Place the battery in the battery bay and press down until it clicks and locks into position. Turn the Compaq Mini right-side up.
8: Shut down the laptop and remove the battery, as per Steps 1 through 2 in Section 1. The memory module is located in the upper-left corner of the Compaq Mini.
9: Remove the screws from the lower-left and lower-right corners of the memory cover, then lift and remove the memory cover.
10: Pull the retention tabs on each side of the memory module carefully away from the memory module. The memory module will angle upward.
11: Remove the memory module carefully from the Compaq Mini.
12: Insert the new memory module into the slot and push the retention tabs toward the memory module to lock it into place. Replace the memory cover and screw in the two screws that hold it in position.
13: Slide the component cover on the Compaq Mini and press down carefully until it clicks and locks into position. Place the battery in the battery bay and press down until it clicks and locks into position. Turn the Compaq Mini right-side up.
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08-04-2012 08:43 AM
Thank You very much for quick answer. My problem is to get inside the Mini.
I can not locate the latch You mentioned to release the cover.
This is a model CQ10-101SO if there are any differences between models.
08-05-2012 05:19 PM
Here you will find the service manual for your specific model. Check page 44 or 52 (section titled Mass storage devices).