Replacing the Hard Drive
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.
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 .
If an HP Personal Media Drive is installed in the dock, remove it.
Remove the two screws that secure the hard drive cage to the computer.
Pull the quick-release tab and then slide the hard drive cage out part way to access the hard drive cables.
Remove the cables to the HP Personal Media Drive dock from the motherboard...
|...and from the power supply.|
Remove the data and power cables from 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.
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.
Remove the four screws that connect the hard drive to the hard drive cage.
Remove 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.
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.
Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the hard drive cage and then reattach the screws.
Thread the cables into the hard drive cage opening.
Align the guide rails into the track on the computer and push the hard drive cage in part way.
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.
|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
Connect the cables to the HP Personal Media Drive dock from the motherboard...
|...and from 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.
|Pin 1 on the connector is marked by a red wire.|
|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.|
After the cables are connected, push the hard drive cage all the way into the computer.
Replace the 2 screws that secure the hard drive cage to the computer.
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 .
Perform a system recovery to replace the original software that came with the computer or to install a new operating system.