Just around the time I was getting ready to leave work today, the system administrator came with an urgent call. The Boss wanted his damaged Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7010 on a journey the following day, but the hard disk was damaged. Could I replace the hard drive, oh, and backup all of his private pictures too while I was at it? To me that’s the equivalent of asking: Do you still want to have a job tomorrow? But I braced myself and started looking online to find tips or instructions. All that I found was this forum post from user HG-SAT:
Yo tuve el mismo problema y la solución es sencilla;
1.- Quita la bateria
2.- Quitar los 3 tornillos de la parte delantera
3.- dar la vuelta y con cuidado quitar la tapa que tiene el touchpad
No hay que quitar más tornillos ni es nada complicado.
In english (inglispitinglis)
1.- Remove battery
2.- Remove the 3 screws from the front
3.- Turn on and remove the tape of the touchpad carefully
Is not necessary remove thekeyboard
That was all that I needed. The reviews and manuals I’d searched through only stated that if the sealed hard disk failed I would have to turn it in to a service center. No such option. The Boss wanted his lappie, breach of warranty or not. (Oh, and you may breach your warranty by following these instructions. If you’re not in a hurry, call your service center and check the warranty status of your system first. I cannot be held responsible for your actions, crimes, sexual fantasies or whatever. And if you’ve only got one hand, this procedure may prove a bit tricky.) Here we go:
1. Remove the power adapter and the battery, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to rid potential current. Turn the laptop around, and remove the three front screws as indicated by the picture below. As you can see I have removed the optical drive too, but that’s not really necessary.
2. Turn the laptop around and with a small screwdriver just carefully pry off the palm rest. NOTE: the touchpad controller is right below, so be careful not to damage it with the driver or when you remove the palm rest. Mine fell off:
3. After a little bit of wiggling I found that the hard drive was not in fact attached by any means except for the IDE cable running to the motherboard. All you have to do is tilting it over to the right. Be careful not to ruin the cable or the wrapping:
The wrapper. I guess this must be "advanced shock protection":
4. Replace the 2.5" HDD with your upgrade, connect it to the cable and slide the drive into the wrapper. Reverse the above steps, turn on the laptop, hit F2 for BIOS and check that the new HDD is registered.
Just to be safe, I tested the touchpad and the "mouse buttons" from a Knoppix LiveCD afterwards. Everything worked.
EDIT: 19th of February 2009
After a request I was able to find the P7010 Service Manual, P7010 disassembly manual and P7010 Assembly Manual in PDF format on Jail.se’s FreeBSD on Fujitsu P7010 page. I advice everyone to proceed with caution, but I really wish I had had those files when doing this procedure. I can also recommend reading the comments on this page (click comments below) to check out further tips or leave some feedback. Thanks!