Basically, you remove screws and pry it open if there is no drive tray.
I have an old Acer note 370c Laptop. The hard drive is bad and I want to put a used one in that I have. I cannot figure out to get the case open. I took the screws out in the bottom. Looked under the rubber feet and still can't find a way into the hard drive. Anyone with knowledge on this machine?
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Make/model of old drive/new drive would be interesting. Some laptops would only take certain hard disks.
As stated in early posts it a Acernote Light model 370C
32 Meg ram. 56k Modem Internal cd drive. External Floppy. The origional HDD was a 1 gig Hitachi model DK223a-11 with win98se loaded and working fine. Out of the blue at boot up a message comes up and says" Insert system disk and restart computer. Boot disk would load but trying to fdisk it tells me "No fixed drive on this system"
Replaced the HDD with a 814 mg drive and get the same results.
Did notice in gathering this info that the origional Hitachi calls out 5V- 0.5 Amp where as the Toshiba calls out 5V- 0.7 Amp. Could this be the problem that the Toshiba is not being recognized?
Those era machines were peppered with machines that accepted very specific hard disks.
You left out a little information, but here's the thing to look over. The drive jumpers. http://info.star.spb.ru/Hardware/TheRef/hard_drives/layouts/hs_hitachi_dk2xxa.html notes your one model. I would have looked up the Toshiba, but I must have missed your note about it.
Check the jumpers?
I guess I didn't make myself quite clear. The Hatachi drive was the origional drive that came with the computer. The
Toshiba drive was given to me to try after the bios would no longer recognize the Hatachi. The Bios also does not recognize the Toshiba. The main difference I saw between the two was the 5V-0.5 Amp on the Hatachi versus the 5V-07 amp on the Toshiba. Neither drive had jumper.
Sorry for the vendor link, but this is what I use to test laptop hard disks in desktops:
The jumpers on such drives are microsized items which I now use a magnifying glass and tweezers to work with. Finding manuals with good pictures on such an old drive is unlikely, but there were noted jumpers on that model.
I'd test either/both drives in a desktop to see if they work.
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