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Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive in HP Pavilion Media Center TV m7000/8000 Series Desktop PCs

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This document pertains to HP desktop computers with the following cases:
Two affected desktop computer cases

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Then disconnect the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • To add an additional serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive, an additional SATA data cable is required.
WARNING:The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
CAUTION:This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.

If you are adding an additional hard drive

When adding a hard drive, it is important to identify the connectors on the motherboard.
The hard drive connectors on the motherboard must match the type of hard drive you wish to connect. If your motherboard has SATA data connectors and one is not in use, you can attach an additional SATA hard drive. If your motherboard has an IDE connector available, you can attach an IDE hard drive.
NOTE:If you want to install an IDE hard drive to a motherboard that has only SATA data connectors, a third-party adapter is necessary.
Figure 1: Motherboard with IDE and SATA data connectors
Motherboard with SATA and IDE connectors
1 - IDE connectors
2 - SATA data connectors
Figure 2: Example of SATA connections
Hard drives with SATA data cables and connections
1 - Power cable
2 - SATA data cable
Figure 3: Example of an IDE connection
Hard drive with IDE data cable and connection
1 - IDE data cable
2 - Power cable

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this article.
NOTE:For best quality on dial-up connections, wait until the video has fully loaded before viewing.

Removing the primary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to remove a hard drive so that an empty bay can be used to install a new drive.
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1

With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove both side panels and the front cover.

For more information about removing the side panels and the front cover, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case and Removing the Front Cover .
Removing the side panels
Step 2

Remove the power and data cables from the back of the hard drive.
Power and data cables
CAUTION:If you are disconnecting a serial ATA SATA drive, make sure to press in on the latch when removing the data cable. Failure to do so, can damage the cable.
Pressing the latch
Step 3

Remove the USB connector that connects the motherboard to the hard drive.
USB connector from the motherboard to the hard drive
Step 4

Remove the HP Personal Media Drive, if present ...
Removing the personal media drive
... and then remove the two screws that secure the removable hard drive cage to the front of the computer.Two screws securing the removable hard drive cage to the computer
Step 5

Pull the quick-release latch, and then pull the removable hard drive cage out of the computer.
Pulling the quick release latch and removing the hard drive cage
Step 6

Remove the four screws that connect the hard drive to the hard drive cage.
Screws connecting the hard drive to the hard drive cage
Step 7

Pull the hard drive off the drive cage.
Lifting the hard drive off the drive cage

Installing a primary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to install a new hard drive into an empty drive bay.
Step 1

Slide the hard disk drive between the guides on the side of the hard drive cage.

NOTE:The original hard drive is fitted with 4 large-headed screws that fit into slots on the drive cage. If this is a new hard drive, transfer the screws from the old drive to the new one.
Sliding the hard drive into the drive cage
Step 2

Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the screw holes on the hard drive cage ...
Aligning the screw holes
... and then reattach the screws.Screw locations to secure the hard drive
Step 3

Align the guide rails of the hard drive cage into the track on the computer ...
Putting the hard drive cage into the track on the computer
... and then insert the hard drive cage into the computer.Inserting the hard drive cage
Step 4

Attach the two screws that connect the hard drive cage to the computer.
Two screws to secure the hard drive cage to the computer
Step 5

Connect the power and data cables to the drive. The connectors are keyed and can be attached in only one way.
Power and data cables
Step 6

Connect the USB cable that connects the motherboard to the hard drive.
USB connector from the motherboard to the hard drive
If you are installing an Parallel ATA drive (IDE flat ribbon cable) check the jumpers on the new drive to make sure they are correct. Normally, the drive should have the jumper set to Cable Select (CS).

Jumper positions can vary from drive to drive. Look for etchings or diagrams printed on the drive for instructions.

For more information about how to set jumpers on hard drives, please refer to Jumper Settings for the Installation of IDE Hard Disks and CD, CDRW, and DVD
Jumper positions

Example of  a diagram of jumper positions
Step 7

Replace the side panels and the front panel, and then reconnect the cables.

CAUTION:MBR or NTFS partitions are limited to 2 TB (without using dynamic disks and volume sets). If you are installing a hard drive that is 2 TB or greater, HP recommends formatting the drive using GPT partitions.


For more information about replacing the side panels and the front cover, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case and Removing the Front Cover .
Replacing the cover
Step 8

Perform a system recovery to replace the original software that came with the computer or install a new operating system.

Removing the secondary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to remove the secondary hard drive.
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1

With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove both side panels and the front cover.

For more information about removing the side panels and the front cover, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case and Removing the Front Cover .
Removing the side panel
The secondary hard drive is attached to the bottom of the computer case ...Secondary hard drive
... by four screws.Four screws attaching the secondary hard drive
Step 2

Use a screwdriver to remove the four screws.
Removing the four screws
Step 3

Lift the hard drive out of the system.
Lifting out the hard drive
Step 4

Remove the power and data cable from the hard drive.
Power and data cables
Some Serial ATA (SATA) connectors have a latch that must be squeezed to remove the connector.Pressing the latch

Installing a secondary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to install a new secondary hard drive into an empty drive bay at the bottom of the computer case.
Step 1

Find the four screws that attach the secondary disk drive to the bottom of the computer case.
Four screws attaching the secondary disk drive
Step 2

With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove both side panels and the front cover.

For more information about removing the side panels and the front cover, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case and Removing the Front Cover .
Removing the side cover
Serial ATA (SATA) drives use power and data cables designed especially for them.Power and data cables
Step 3

Attach the SATA data cable to the motherboard.
SATA cable attached to the motherboard
Step 4

Attach the power and data cables to the hard drive.
Power and data cables connected to the hard drive
Step 5

Place the drive in the computer case.
Placing the drive in the computer
Step 6

Attach the hard drive to the floor of the computer case using four screws.
Attaching the hard drive with the screws
Step 7

Replace the side panels and the front panel, and then reconnect the cables.

CAUTION:MBR or NTFS partitions are limited to 2 TB (without using dynamic disks and volume sets). If you are installing a hard drive that is 2 TB or greater, HP recommends formatting the drive using GPT partitions.


For more information about replacing the side panels and the front cover, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case and Removing the Front Cover .
Replacing the side panel