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Replacing a HDD/SSD in Fractal R5

Written on January 23, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven
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Fractal R5 HDD replacement

The Fractal Define R5 is a hugely versatile case and installing additional devices is fairly easy and straight forward. In this article we will cover removal and installation of your HDD. As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to the Puget Systems support department, we are here to help. Enjoy!

 

Below is a video detailing the process and below that are written steps.

 

Remove HDD

This section will cover the removal of a HDD on your Puget System

Step 1:

Start by grounding yourself

Step 2:

Remove all power going into your system and orient yourself from the rear of the system

Step 3:

Remove the 4 thumb screws securing both side panels then slide panels off chassis

Step 4:

Locate the HDD and remove the power and data cables going into it

Step 5:

Remove the small screw securing the HDD tray in place

Step 6:

Remove the tray from the system

 

Step 7:

With the drive removed we can now remove the four screws securing the HDD to the tray, the rubber grommets keep the larger mechanical drives from vibrating

Step 8:

If you are installing a HDD you will need the grommets but if you are installing an SSD you can remove the grommets as SSDs don't spin and therefore don't need the additional vibration protection

Step 9:

Reverse steps if installing a HDD otherwise move on to the next section for installing an SSD

Install SSD into system

This section will cover the installation of your new or replacement SSD in the Fractal Define R5.

Step 1:

Locate the smaller holes on the tray along with the screws included with your system as they will be needed for SSD installation

Step 2:

Line up the holes in the drive with the holes in the tray making sure to point the interfaces towards the back of the tray

Step 3:

Secure the SSD to the tray using the screws included in your accessories box

Step 4:

Reinsert the SSD tray back into the case

Step 5:

Return the small screw securing the SSD tray to the system

Step 6:

Plug the power and data cables back into the SSD

Step 7:

Return the side panels to the case

Step 8:

Power the system up into Windows and initialize the drive

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