A friend is disposing of a Dell Inspiron XPS 765r. This is a desktop, i.e. not a tower. I thought it prudent to remove the disk drive beforehand and erase the contents (I don't know if the machine still runs). The problem is,I can find no obvious way of opening it up. There is a brass screw at the back towards the top but this releases nothing. There must be some plastic retainers which need to be released but I can't locate anything.
I know that there are some members with long PC experience who mighthave owned such an old machine and I would be grateful if someone could give me a clue before we resort to a sledgehammer.
Not a tower, so I guess you mean what I call the flat type of case. The cover is usually all in one piece, after removing that screw you should be able to slide the cover backwards just a little (this should release the front edge from under a lip on the main body of the case) and lift upwards from the back to remove it completely.
OK. Back from optician's. Have taken advice to explore with more force. I prised the front panel off by releasing three clips on the top. Having removed the rear screw, I prised the lid out on one side and saw that the lid should slide backwards to free plastic clips in L shaped grooves. Having done this, which took some force, the lid lifted off. It took another couple of minutes to workout ho to remove the hard drive, which was held vertically in a plastic cradle and screwed to the front plate.
I'm sure that that is far too much information for you. Thanks to all for your suggestions.