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Dell Alienware 13 Disassembly and SSD, RAM, HDD upgrade options

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Dell Alienware 13 to remove the bottom case, battery, RAM, hard drive, SSD, heat sink, cooling fan and motherboard. Refer to this guide. You can upgrade, repair and clean your Alienware 13.

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Remove two screws securing the service cover.

When the cover was removed, you can get access two RAM and a hard drive.

This Alienware 13 has two RAM slots and an HDD slot.

This Alienware 13 comes with two 4GB PC3L-12800S Micron RAM.

Remove four screws securing the hard drive. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

Western Digital slim hard drive

Remove all screws securing the bottom case and remove another two screws.

Pry up and remove the palm rest.

Under the palm rest, you can access the battery, speaker, cooling fan and motherboard.

Disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard.

Remove the screws securing the LCD hinges (left and right).

Now remove the LCD screen assembly.

Remove all screws securing the motherboard.

The Alienware 13 motherboard has been removed.

Remove the screws securing the battery. The battery can be removed.

Alienware 13 comes with a 14.8v, 51wh Li-ion battery, Dell part number: 3V806.

In the next step, we will remove the heat sink.

Remove all screws securing the heat sink.

The heat sink and cooling fan assembly have been removed. The wireless card and dc power jack also can be removed.

Heat sink and cooling fan assembly

RJ45 port and USB port

DC power jack

Graphics card chip and Intel processor

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8 Comments

      1. Two different brackets: one type of bracket allows for only one SSD/HDD, the second type of bracket allows for one or two M.2 (NGFF) modules. The brackets are very difficult to get from Dell, the best path is to get configuration with one M.2 (Dell calls them confusingly “”Mobility Solid State Drive”) and in future add a second M.2.

  1. So, my SSD failed and that’s what it boots off of so my computer won’t boot or let me factory reset. Where exactly is the ssd? I believe it may have become unseated and would like to make sure it’s plugged in or get a new one

  2. Would it be possible for you to do a guide for the lid/screen disassembly? Got a nasty scratch/crack on the top of the lid so am moving the screen/bezel to a new lid. Thanks so much!

  3. HI, my right fan is giving loud noise sometime.
    Is it possible to replace that fan?
    or the whole heat sink and cooling fan need to be replaced?

  4. Loud fan: also check that you have current Nvidia drivers installed. Older drivers (till around early 2016) did not slow down the fans after heavy load, the fans were running at full speed till the next reboot. Newer Nvidia drivers (from about mid 2016) fix this issue.

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