4-2 Removal and Replacement Preliminaries
4.2.2 Cables and Connectors
Cables must be handled with extreme care to avoid damage. Apply only the tension
required to unseat or seat the cables during removal and insertion. Handle cables by the
connector whenever possible. In all cases, avoid bending, twisting, or tearing cables.
Ensure that cables are routed in such a way that they cannot be caught or snagged by
parts being removed or replaced. Handle flex cables with extreme care; they tear easily.
CAUTION: When servicing the computer, ensure that cables are placed in their
proper location during the reassembly process. Improper cable placement can
damage the computer.
4.3 Preventing Damage to Removable Drives
Removable drives are fragile components that must be handled with care. To prevent
damage to the computer, damage to a removable drive, or loss of information, observe
■ Before removing or inserting a hard drive, shut down the computer. If you are
unsure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on, then
shut it down.
■ Before removing a diskette drive or CD-ROM drive, ensure that a diskette or disc is
not in the drive. Ensure that the CD-ROM tray is closed.
■ Before handling a drive, ensure that you are discharged of static electricity. While
handling a drive, avoid touching the connector.
■ Handle drives on surfaces that have at least one inch of shock-proof foam.
■ Avoid dropping drives from any height onto any surface.
■ Always place MultiBay drives in the carrying case when removed from the
■ Do not use excessive force when inserting a drive into the MultiBay.
■ Avoid exposing a hard drive to products that have magnetic fields such as monitors
■ Avoid exposing a drive to temperature extremes or to liquids.
■ If a drive must be mailed, do the following:
– Place the hard drive into a bubble pack mailer or other suitable form of
– Label the package “Fragile: Handle With Care.”