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Replacing the Hard Drive in HP Pavilion Media Center m1000, w1000 Series Desktop PCs

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This document pertains to HP desktop computers with the following case:
HP desktop media center computer

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables, and 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.
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.

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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

If an HP Personal Media Drive is installed in the dock, remove it.
Removing the Personal Media Drive
Step 3

Remove the two screws that secure the hard drive cage to the computer.
Two screws securing the drive
Step 4

Pull the quick-release tab and then slide the hard drive cage out part way to access the hard drive cables.
Pulling the quick-release tab and sliding out the drive cage
Step 5

Remove the cables to the HP Personal Media Drive dock from the motherboard...
Personal Media Drive cables
...and from the power supply.Personal Media Drive cable to the power supply
Step 6

Remove the data and power cables from the hard drive.
Data and power cables connected to the hard drive
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 on the data cable
Step 7

Pull the quick release tab and slide the hard drive cage out of the computer.

NOTE:The HP Personal Media Drive dock cables will follow out through the hard drive cage opening.
Pulling the quick-release tab and sliding the hard drive out of the computer
Step 8

Remove the four screws that connect the hard drive to the hard drive cage.
Four screws securing the hard drive into its cage
Step 9

Remove the hard drive from the hard drive cage.
Removing the hard drive from the hard 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 drive between the guides on the side of the hard drive cage.

NOTE:The original hard drive is fitted with four 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.
Replacing the hard drive in its cage
Step 2

Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the hard drive cage and then reattach the screws.
Four screws that secure the hard drive into its cage
Step 3

Thread the cables into the hard drive cage opening.
Threading the cables in the hard drive cage opening
Step 4

Align the guide rails into the track on the computer and push the hard drive cage in part way.
Inserting the hard drive into cage
Step 5

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

NOTE:When a second hard drive is present, the primary drive cables must be connected after the drive is mounted in the drive cage.
Power and data cables to connect
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.

Serial ATA drives do not have jumpers. No jumper settings are required.

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 on the drive

Example of jumper position diagram
Step 6

Connect the cables to the HP Personal Media Drive dock from the motherboard...
HP Personal Media Drive cables to the motherboard
...and from the power supply.Cables to the power supply
NOTE:The USB connectors from the hard drive cage and the X-in-1 card reader use a single-row connector that must be correctly oriented on the motherboard USB header.
Single row connector
Pin 1 on the connector is marked by a red wire.Pin one on the connector
Pin 1 on the motherboard header is marked by a thicker white stencil on the pin 1 side of the header. When connecting the USB cables, pin 1 on the cable must match pin 1 on the header.Pin one position on the motherboard
Step 7

After the cables are connected, push the hard drive cage all the way into the computer.
Pushing the hard drive cage all the way into the computer
Step 8

Replace the 2 screws that secure the hard drive cage to the computer.
Two screws securing the drive cage to the computer
Step 9

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
Step 10

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

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