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how replace blu ray drive in Lenovo Y500

by hrhmar123 / January 25, 2013 2:28 AM PST


I am moderately familiar with laptops and just bought a Y500 Lenovo laptop with an i7-3632qm chip, 16gb ram, 1TB with SSD and a blu ray drive, Must replace the bluray drive but cannot remove the original drive following instructions - there are screws on the bottom of the laptop and I am wondering if any of them need to be removed?

Any help will be very appreciated.

Thank you,


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I do not own that one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2013 8:02 AM PST

But look around the bottom for any indication of "ODD" or such on a screw. Sometimes I just remove all in the area.

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PS. Read this link. Has manual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2013 8:22 AM PST
In reply to: I do not own that one.
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replace bluray drive in Y500
by hrhmar123 / January 25, 2013 11:20 PM PST
In reply to: I do not own that one.

Hi Bob,

Thanks - did have the HMM and it is useless - there are two screws too small to have anything on their heads and nothing on the computer but are at the extreme right & left front sides of the drive so I will try this as soon as I get up the nerve because the last thing I want to do is harm a brand new laptop which seems to offer so much fun...



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No screws used at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2013 1:50 AM PST

The HMM on page 35 or 37 had the details.

"Figure 3. Removal steps of optical drive
Push the latch in the direction shown by arrow . Hold the spring-loaded latch
in the unlocked position . Gently pull out the optional module in the direction
shown by arrow ."

I wonder if you found this or not.

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spring-loaded latch
by hrhmar123 / January 28, 2013 12:20 AM PST
In reply to: No screws used at all.

This did not work - it appears there is a flaw in the case so have to send it to Lenovo - they should replace the blu ray drive and the case - time will tell



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returning laptop for service
by hrhmar123 / January 26, 2013 10:13 PM PST
In reply to: I do not own that one.

HI Bob,

Just wanted to tell you I am returning the laptop to Lenovo for replacement of the blu ray drive and possibly the case since the latch does not work - it must go to Lenovo because I bought it from them and not a retail store.

Lenovo's service has been very disappointing - I am very concerned that the laptop will be ok but didn't feel I had any alternatives given I am also doing a chemotherapy treatment on my face for skin cancer and am house bound.

Thank you for your help.


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I copied the section on that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 12:46 AM PST

But as I've pulled a few drives out that used such, the only thing I noticed is that the amount of force I had to apply to get the drive to slide out may be far more than your average user would use. And since I can't tell anyone to try harder for a few reasons they'll have to get the shop to do the work.

Then again, there could be more to the story such as a little coca cola splash.

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copied the section
by hrhmar123 / January 28, 2013 3:12 AM PST


No - nothing more to it - thea battery comes right out just as shown but the latch is pushed back as far as possible and nothing happens - something is wrong with the case - so really need both the drive and case replaced



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