So I thought to myself... Self? How about we replace the hard drive in this handy tablet, install linux, and bring it to Defcon? I typically prepare for a security conference by wiping a hard drive before and after so I can experiment and enjoy the con. Instead of wiping and reinstalling, I have always just popped drives in and out. I love this device because it weighs 2.5 pounds and has a large 12" x 8" screen which makes a perfect travel companion.
How to open the Asus B121
Tools required: Something thin like a credit card or library card
After staring at the tablet for a good 10 minutes I was stumped. Google did not help either. I called ASUS support. They refused to provide any information and told me that I would void the warranty.
So this is what I did:
- Pop out the USB receptacle covers.
- Slide something thin like a credit card between the two sides of the case
- Getting each side started is tricky so take your time and be careful
- Once the side is completely loose, carefully place the covers side-by-side (they are taped together)
IMPORTANT: The hard drive is taped down with some nifty copper tape that I have not seen before. The tape appears to be connected to a wire and looks to form a circuit. Since the tape itself may be part of the antennae or used for grounding, carefully remove the sticky tape. Now replace the hard drive!
UPDATE: Here is a video that makes the process look easy