How to replace the stock 5400RPM HDD with a SSD in a Toshiba Satellite P55t-A5115

I have a Toshiba Satellite that doesn't have an exposed or removable tray for the stock HDD. The Stock 5400 HDD is absolutely anemic. Everything other than the RAM seems to be 100% internalized.

Does anyone know how to remove the back fascia or has a similar DIY for getting the back off of one of these notebooks? If I can just get my hands on the drive I can swap it for a SSD!

Thanks!
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  1. http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Toshiba-Satellite-A505-Laptop-Hard-Drive-RAM-Upgrade-Guide/

    This might help, it seems to cover over your model. I'm have trouble though finding any upgrades. I wish you could give me like is it a 400, 500, 600 etc series then it'd be a whole lot easier for both you and I.
  2. Well, this is a newer Toshiba model and it doesn't seem to follow the same model number scheme. What you posted up there I could easily identify which panels held the hard drive, ram, etc.

    Here's the model in question:

    http://www.toshiba.com/us/computers/laptops/satellite/P50/P55T-A5116

    You can see it doesn't have bottom panels for accessing anything other than the RAM modules!

    I apologize, I have the A5116, NOT the A5115 (which I don't think exists)


    This is a different model, but the underside looks exactly like mine:

    http://www.laptopmag.com/images/uploads/3836/g/Toshiba-Satellite-P55T-G15.jpg
  3. http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/Satellite-Laptops-all-other/Satellite-E55-A5114-How-to-remove-rear-cover/m-p/566434#M22173

    This is a different model but it might work. Tell me, does the laptop have 12 screws on the underside?
  4. Thanks for all the help, but after doing some more research I decided it just wasn't worth the effort.

    Fortunately I had the receipt (being a gift) and was able to take it back and exchange it for a much more user friendly version:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/satellite-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive/3292077.p?id=1219090034949&skuId=3292077&st=3292077&cp=1&lp=1

    This one not only has an accessible HDD bay, but an additional bay for more storage.

    Thanks for the help Diox!
  5. No problem man! If you have any more problems, please pm me. I'm here for any problems you may have.
  6. I have a Toshiba Satellite that doesn't have an exposed or removable tray for the stock HDD. The Stock 5400 HDD is absolutely anemic. Everything other than the RAM seems to be 100% internalized.

    Does anyone know how to remove the back fascia or has a similar DIY for getting the back off of one of these notebooks? If I can just get my hands on the drive I can swap it for a SSD!

    I just modified the P55t-A5118 (the I7 version) by adding a 256 GB SSD. It was pretty easy.First make a recovery disc so you can re-install your copy of windows, also sign out of other programs you will need to reinstall like Norton 360 or Adobe Creative suite. You can find the recovery disc software by typing recovery disc on the Metro screen. You will need a 16 GB flash drive to do this.

    There are 14 rubber covers over screw heads on the back of the unit. Not the actual feet of the unit but covers flush to the housing. Remove these with a tweezers or small flat blade. Make sure you draw a map of where each one was because they are all different sizes. Then using a small phillips head driver remove the 14 screws. Pull out the DVD drive as this is easy to do and will give you a grip to unsnap the back cover. Unsnap the back cover and ground yourself to the chassis. Then unplug the connector that leads from the battery to the motherboard. If you position the unit with the battery on the bottom, the connector is on the right hand side. You can unplug it without unscrewing the battery. Then unscrew the two or three screws holding in the hard drive chassis and push out the hard drive from the motherboard connector. Remove the hard drive from the chassis frame and put the frame around your replacement SSD. Plug the SSD back into the mother board and secure with screws. Plug the battery back into the motherboard and replace the back cover and DVD drive. Tighten down the screws. Insert the Recovery flash drive into the unit. Turn on the unit and follow the recovery instructions.

    I had an external drive holder for the hard drive which I plugged into my unit to transfer all my personal files. The switch was well worth the effort and this laptop goes from being merely okay to being great!
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