How to Disassemble a Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZU Laptop

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How to disassemble (at least partially) a Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZU laptop in order to replace the RAM, the optical drive and the hard disk drives.

[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_86.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 86 thumb.jpg]  The backside of the laptop not yet opened. All the screw holes are marked with an arrow.






Contents

Optical Drive - Blu Ray Disc (tm)

[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_90.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 90 thumb.jpg]  The three screws which fix the optical drive (Blu-Ray-Disc(tm)) are marked with an arrow and a dot.






[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_97.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 97 thumb.jpg]  Optical drive, partly pulled out.






[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_99.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 99 thumb.jpg]  Optical drive taken out completely.






Memory

[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_91.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 91 thumb.jpg]  Memory comparment, with opened lid, showing the two RAM slots.






Hard Disk Drives

[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_94.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 94 thumb.jpg]  Hard disk drive compartment opened. The two SATA HDDs are easily accessible.






[contrib/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu/pics/sony_vaio_vgn_ar61zu_dissection_96.jpg File:Sony vaio vgn ar61zu dissection 96 thumb.jpg]  The backside of one HDD in detail.






Notes

It is possible to upgrade both hard disk drives with HDDs of a higher capacity and 12.00mm height.

I have also tried to get access to the keyboard, but this doesn't seem easy, at least not at first glance. I guess you have to disassembly the notebook completely to replace the keyboard.

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  • [../../disassembly_sony.html repair guides for Sony laptops and notebooks]
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