How to Remove a Hardrive From a Gateway Desktop Computer

By Nichole Liandi

  • Overview

    One of the best ways to upgrade an old computer that's running short on storage space is to upgrade the hard drive with a new, larger model. The necessary first step to accomplishing this task is to remove the old one. If you have a Gateway desktop computer, your computer is similar in construction and architecture to many other models. Learn all the steps involved in removing the hard drive from your Gateway computer.
    • Step 1

      Log out of your computer and turn the power off. Unplug the computer from the wall and any peripherals, and put it in a spot where it's easy to access the side of the case.
    • Step 2

      Unscrew the screws on the side of the case--there are usually two. Then pull off the side panel and place it to the side.
      Side view of the case (NL Graphics)

    • Step 3

      Identify the hard drive. It's located toward the front of the case, below the drive bays. See the image for a typical internal hard drive.
      Locate your hard drive
    • Step 4

      Identify the cable connection to the main circuit board to be sure. You'll find either an EIDE cable connection (on older models) or a SATA cable connection (on newer models) connecting the hard drive to the main motherboard. Unplug the cables where they connect to the hard drive. Simply wiggle the connector and they'll come loose. Be sure to unplug both cables--the EIDE or SATA cable--that runs to the motherboard and the molex plug that runs to the power supply.
      EIDE and SATA connection cables
    • Step 5

      Unscrew the screws that hold the hard drive in place. Slide the hard drive out from its support brackets and remove it from the case.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Screwdriver

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