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Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

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Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

I have decided that I want to add a 2nd hard drive (well, SSD) to my Acer E5 773 laptop but, unlike my last laptop, which had separate hatchways for replacing such things as 1st and 2nd hard drive, RAM and battery, the E5 773 has no such easy access as the bottom casing is one complete piece which requires completely removing to gain access - something I am quite reluctant to do at the moment.
 
I thought I'd found the perfect solution via using a caddy that takes a hard drive and swaps out with the Acer's DVD drive (which can then be converted to USB). Great!
 
Every Youtube video showing how to remove the DVD drive from an Acer (various models but nothing specifically for the E5 773), show it to be a simple removal of a single central screw just beyond the depth of the DVD drive, whereupon it easily slides out.
 
However, try as I might, my DVD drive is stuck fast, even after applying far more force than I am comfortable using. I have also loosened the screws around it in case they are clamping it and even removed the next central screw in the unlikely event that it is held in by two screws over an inch apart. I do not know if it is stuck because it has never been removed and is catching on something or, like the rest of the access, it is not designed to be removed in this way.
 
So, before I do something to wreck my laptop, I am wondering if anyone can advise what I have to do - or is it really a case of having to completely remove the base? (and how might doing this affect whatever is connected to the battery EC reset pinhole?)
 
Thanks in advance.
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Practitioner

Re: Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

The DVD caddy is trapped in by 1 screw. It lines up with slimline sata connector and just presses in (plugs in). The battery reset hole is just lined up to a push button on motherboard, nothing connected there. The entire bottom comes off but must pull small cover(near front edge by keyboard off centered) and unplug speaker connector and under DVD edge there are 3 smaller screws which can not be removed with getting the DVD out or at least removing face plate which snaps on but not recommended.  End- the one screw pins DVD in. If correct one is removed it should come out.

New User

Re: Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

Hi Mr. Fixit,

Thanks for your reply.

I see you confirm it is just the single screw holding the DVD drive in - like all the others, then. However, as I said, the DVD unit just won't budge. More investigation needed. I'll possibly have to go the whole hog and remove the base but, if as you say, the DVD drive needs to come out before gaining access to the three smaller screws, I'm in a stalemate situation. Thanks for the info re the battery reset hole etc.

regards

kkaamm

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New User

Re: Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

So, in the interest of completion, in case there are any others with this model that are wanting to go a similar route - I finally managed to coax the DVD drive out of the very tight housing - but, to clarify, unlike all other models I have seen dissembly videos of, I will clarify that there are definitely NOT three screws under the edge of the DVD casing as previously suggested; there are just a series of plastic lugs instead.

regards

kkaamm

Practitioner

Re: Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

I have too ask, lugs for front face plate of DVD  or plastic tabs locking down bottom cover at edge under DVD face plate? 

New User

Re: Acer E5 773 DVD drive removal to add new HDD

Hi,

Sorry if that comment wasn't clear: lugs/tabs, call them what you wish, are there instead of the three screws you mentioned would be there to lock down the bottom cover once the DVD is removed.

regards

kkaamm

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