Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive
This document pertains to adding or replacing a hard disc drive in HP desktop computers with the following case:
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.
- To add an additional SATA hard disc 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
1 - IDE connectors
2 - SATA data connectors
Figure 2: Example of SATA connections
1 - Power cable
2 - SATA data cable
Figure 3: Example of an IDE connection
1 - IDE cable
2 - Power cable
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Removing the primary disk drive
Use the steps in this section to remove a hard drive so that a new drive can be installed in the empty bay.
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Remove the side cover.
For more information about removing the side cover, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
Find the hard disk drives near the lower front of the computer.
Detach the power and data cables from the hard disk drive.
NOTE:Some of the SATA power and SATA data connectors have a latch that must be pressed to remove the cable.
Grasp the green handle for the hard drive tray, and squeeze the tab at the side of the tray.
Pull the tray out of the computer.
To remove the hard drive from the tray, pull out on the sides of the tray, and lift the drive away from the tray.
Installing a hard disk drive
Use the steps in this section to install a new hard drive into an empty drive bay.
Find the four pins on the hard drive tray...
|... that fit into four screw holes in the sides of the drive, two on each side.|
Align the edge of the drive that has connectors, to the handle side of the tray.
Pull out the sides of the tray and place the drive in the tray.
Press the pins of the tray into the holes so that the hard drive is secure.
Insert the hard disk drive tray into the bay.
Connect the power cable and the data cable to the drive.
NOTE:Installing an additional disc drive requires additional cables.
Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the next available SATA connector on the mother board.
For example, if SATA connectors numbers 1 and 2 on the motherboard are being used, use SATA connector number 3.
Replace the side cover, 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 cover, refer to the HP support document Opening the Case .