First you open it.. 2006/12/05
As anyone who knows me well will attest, I'm not what you'd call "mechanically minded". Give me a screwdriver and I guarantee to strip the heads of anything I touch, and you just do not want to know what I can do with a hammer - trust me, it can get expensive.
Other people will look at some device and immediately see how it "must" come apart. I understand that; I often feel the same way about software: I look at something that's not working right, and I know what it must be trying to do behind the scenes, so I know where to look for the problem. But hardware..
Well, that's a different story. For example, this morning I wanted to pull the hard drive from an old Dell Optiplex SX270 I have hanging about here. I looked the darn thing and saw that someone else had been this way before: all the screws had been removed from the case.. but as it turned out, that was a complete red herring. You don't need to touch a screwdriver to open this puppy. Well, maybe one, but I never saw it in, so I'm not sure. You do have to be brighter than I am, but just in case you are equally challenged, here's how you open a Dell Optiplex SX270.
Observe this picture:
See that green button? You push it one way to open the top cover and the other to get at the hard drive. The button itself isn't hard to push but you may need a fair amount of strength (as in using two hands) to push the top cover back. This picture shows the cover pushed back, after that you can just lift it off as shown in the following picture.
The hard drive cover is easier - it just lifts up. Flip the machine over and push the green button the other way (toward the outside case) and lift the cover open.
I can't recall the brand, but I once had a machine that baffled me so much that I had to call the manufacturer. It turned out that you needed to press a certain point on both sides of the case and then yank.. I never would have figured that out!
Oops.. now I can't remember what I wanted that drive for..
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