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MSI WIND MEDION AKOYA E1210 SATA HARD DISK REPLACEMENT

THIS PAGE DESCRIBES WHAT I DID TO MY MEDION AKOYA E1210 NOTEBOOK - I UNDERSTAND THE MSI WIND MAY BE SIMILAR - THE PLACEMENT OF THE WIRELESS CAD AND OTHER INTERNAL COMPONANTS MAY NOT BE!!!!

An error of judgement in tweaking the registry of my E1210 resulted in a failure of Windows XP Home to load ( the load sequence hanged ... there may have been a cure but this approach definately 100% saved my documents) .... despite trying a lot of options, the best way to sort the problem was to back "My Documents" up and use the provided system restore to re-install XP Home by a total replacement of the hard-disks contents.

Unfortunately to backup the HDD required access to it to mount in in a SATA to USB caddy ( 25 from PC World ) and there was the problem..... how to get it out!

Taking my time, I removed a number of cross headed screws and disconnected a single connector on the wireless board and extracted the HDD with ease I then connected it to my PC, copied the necessary files to a USB Hard disk, recovered XP using the rebuild function provided on the notepad and then copied the files back via the same USB drive now connected to the notepad.

The following photos show the removal process in more detail with annotations

THIS IS THE PROCESS I FOLLOWED IT MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT ONE AND IT WILL POTENTIALLY VOID YOUR WARRRANTY - YOU FOLLOW IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!

WORK SLOWLY CAREFULLY AND METHODICALLY .... FORCE NOTHING AND KEEP ALL REMOVED SCREWS SAFE AND AWAY FROM THE INSIDE OF THE NOTEPAD AS YOU ARE EXPOSING SENSITIVE CIRCUITS

#1 Remove the battery and transformer lead

#2 wear an earthed anti-static wrist strap

#3 Accept the fact you are going to give MEDION / MSI/ ALDI reason NOT to honour your warranty

NOW: To remove the back cover off of the MSI WIND MEDION AKOYA E1210

locate and unscrew the NINE small cross head screws that hold the back cover on, these need to be completely unscrewed as if they are not the cover could foul on removal and possible snap

The cover extends over the speaker / microphone sockets and the video port so it needs moving sideways to clear these

Once the back cover is removed you need to clear the wireless card from above the HDD


Connector to pull off the wireless transmitter to unscrew it and get access to 1 of 2 of the HDD retaining screws (connector could be rotated to gain access to screw head)


Screw on wireless card holding it down over the HDD ( connector removed is seen to the left)

NOW REMOVE THE RETAINING NUTS FROM THE HDD RETAINING BRACKET


one of two of the HDD retaining bolts

NOW YOU CAN SLIDE THE HDD AWAY FROM THE CONNECTOR THEN LIFT IT OUT - you may have to lift away some anti tamper seals BUT NO WIRES!

IMPORTANT: PROTECT THE HDD FROM STATIC AND PROTECT THE EXPOSED CIRCUITRY FROM CONTACT

THE HDD MIGHT NOW NEED TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE RETAINING BRACKET TO FIT IT IN THE CADDY


Screw 1 of 2 holding the HDD bracket to the HDD (Close up)


Screw 2 of 2 holding the HDD bracket to the HDD


SATA HDD in situ in SATA to USB2 caddy chassis (note connector and blue activity LED)


IN PASSING 1 of 3: 2GB RAM replacement for standard 1GB (from Ebay)


IN PASSING 2 of 3: The intact battery retainer (white plastic)


IN PASSING 3 of 3: Where the broken battery retainer SHOULD be poking out - I forced the cover and it snapped this off!!!

IF YOU ARE SIMPLY BACKING UP THE HDD then all you will do is replace it, IF YOU ARE REPLACING THE HDD YOU WILL NEED TO FIT THE OLD BRACKET TO THE NEW SATA DRIVE

JB

Page updated: Sunday, June 14, 2009 8:31 PM

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