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Microsoft reveals how to replace the Surface Laptop 3 SSD – but still warns users not to do it

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Microsoft has released a document which shows how users can replace the SSD in their Surface Laptop 3, along with the tools you’ll need to do it – however it's still trying to persuade its customers to not attempt the procedure themselves.

According to the manual, known as the rSSD Removal Guide for Enterprise (opens in new tab), the process for replacing the removable solid state drive (rSSD) is quite straightforward.

You need a few tools, such as a Torx-plus 5 screwdriver, which the manual lists, but there’s nothing necessary that you’ll struggle to find in a hardware store. In fact, Microsoft recommends buying the tools from the likes of Amazon and iFixit.

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Don’t do it yourself

While the process seems pretty easy, Microsoft seems to be trying its hardest to dissuade users from doing it themselves. Even the name of the manual (rSSD Removal Guide for Enterprise) seems like it’s been deliberately picked to sound as dry and unexciting as possible – while also stressing that it should only be done by professionals.

It seems to be possible to swap out the SSD of the Surface Laptop 3 if you want to, but be warned that this might void your warranty. If you want to avoid doing that, you’ll need to take your device to a Microsoft Store or an approved third party shop.

Still, even if Microsoft has only grudgingly made the SSD of the Surface Laptop 3 replaceable, it remains a positive step because previous versions of Microsoft’s Surface devices have been made deliberately difficult to fix or upgrade.

Via Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Computing and Entertainment

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.