You didn’t think we would leave this one unscathed did you? For the last few days the Zune HD sat particularly close to the tool set. After passing by it a few times eying them both, I could not longer resist and started tearing it apart.
You will need: Tri-wing screw driver. #0, T-4 & T-5 Screw driver, Tweezers. Tri-Wing screw drivers can be found on Amazon or if you need to search elsewhere it is the same screw type that Nintendo uses on their Wii and DS Lite
The back cover is attached with 4 Tri-Wing screws. They remove easily and the cover pops right off.
Back Bottom Cover
The plastic cover at the bottom can be removed by sliding down, somewhat like a mobile phone or remote control battery cover. There are two latches on each side on both halves that slide into each other.
Main Board Connections
You will need to pop off three ribbon connections attached to the main board. These snap on and off quite easily.
Main Board Screws
The main board is attached with three T-4 screws and one T-5. One of these is located on the headphone jack.
Use the tweezers to pull up on the attached bottom of the button.
The ends simply slide up and out. They are attached to the player by resting inside grooves of the main housing.
You can go further with this by separating the center silver housing from the front half containing the screen, but you will be going against a double stick adhesive fusing the two halves. This is something that makes the Zune HD feel very unforgiving in the overall build quality.
For those wondering why the inside cover says “for our princess”, one of the Zune team members passed away during the development so they decided to dedicate this device to her. A very cool memorial.