The Hard Drive on my Sony Vaio VGC-JS1E is fried and I need disassembly instructions The Hard Drive is clicking away and will not show up on restart and I need disassembly instructions to replace it with a new drive. TA

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Should list this as a Clarification, instead of a Solution, but there isn't enough room in Clarification.
I also do not perceive this as being a Solution. Just info.

Good luck in finding a Service Manual.
Because this unit, as All-In-One desktop units are; is essentially a laptop, stood up on end.

All the hardware components, and the Display Assembly, are crammed into one tiny thin 'box'.
This you know.

The point I am making here is that it needs to be worked on, just like a laptop. Once the Back Cover is removed, you have access to almost all of the inner hardware components, at your fingertips.

So does Static electricity.

This is why an ESD wrist strap should be worn, and it's alligator clip connected to a good ground source.

Plus a multi-compartment container should be used for the various screws, you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.
SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws.
Advise DO NOT mix them up.

Just going to change a Harddrive, may lead to removing other hardware components first, to be able to access the harddrive.
The Power Supply unit is inside, also, on SOME models.

This is why manufacturers of All-In-One's, generally do not post info on how to open it, and replace parts.
A general user can;
1) Static shock out the internal hardware components.
2) Not know to unplug the AC adapter from the All-In-One, before working on it.
3) Not know the general procedures for reinstalling the various hardware components, and metal bracing. Can't get the All-In-One back together properly.

Blame the manufacturer.

Okay, so you know what you are up against.
What basic tools do you need?

No.1 and No.2 Philips screwdriver
ESD wrist strap, (About $3 to $6 bucks)
Plastic spudger tool.
Perhaps a small set of Hex Nut handdrivers.

See above.
See above.

With the power removed, and the All-In-One laid down on the display screen, (On a soft, static free towel, on a table), start looking at how to remove the back stand.

There are usually visible Philips head screws, and some may be hidden behind a label.
Once the stand is removed, the Back Cover should remove, or there may be a Rear Stand Cover to remove, then the Back Cover.

The Back Cover MAY, or MAY NOT, have screws that actually hold it on. The screws from the Rear Stand, (And maybe the Rear Stand Cover, if there is one), may hold the Back Cover on.

The Back Cover -> WILL have plastic locking tabs on the outside of it's edges. These locking tabs mate with matching locking latches, on the front assembly.

Screws to remove, or not, the Back Cover pops off of the front assembly. Sometimes it's a little stiff to perform. This is why the heavy duty plastic pry tool. The plastic Spudger Tool,

Helps to ease into the parting line between the Back Cover, and the front assembly. Ease one edge out a little, then slide the tool down, and work on another small area. (Edge)
Once the Back Cover is removed, use logic as to how to access the Harddrive's caddy. Remove the caddy, and harddrive. Then remove the harddrive from the caddy.

Not very specific, huh?
Hopefully this Service Manual for a Dell Inspiron One 2305 or 2310, All-In-One Desktop PC, will help,

It's just a general guide, in relation to the All-In-One you have.
Not stating it is the 'go to guide'.
I would start with: Technical Overview. Gives you an idea of how far the Spudger Tool, should go in-between the parting line of the Back Cover, and front assembly. (NOT FAR!)

Rear Stand
Rear Stand Cover
Back Cover
Harddrive (Harddrive cage = harddrive caddy)

Like I said, just general info that may help. Should you get this baby open, perhaps you would post information on your procedure.
You would help 1000's of users, if not 100's of thousands, by posting.

Just a thought.

(Make a record. Make notes, and drawings as you disassemble. You may wish to use a digital camera, or video camera, or at least a cell phone camera, to record your steps. Will help when you go to put it back together )



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