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Replacing the Hard Drive in HP TouchSmart 600 Series Desktop PCs

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This document applies to HP Touch 600 desktop computers.
HP Touch 600 computer

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer, and disconnect all cables. Be sure to disconnect the network cable before disconnecting the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a noncarpeted floor. Place the computer face-down on a soft flat surface. HP recommends that you place the computer on a blanket, towel, or other soft cloth to protect the touch screen surface from scratches or other damage.
  • Do not remove a component from the protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
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 hard drive

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

Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables, and transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor. Place the computer with the screen face down on a soft surface.
Placing the computer on a soft surface
Step 2

Remove the hard drive and memory cover.

For more information about removing this item, see the HP support document, Removing the Back Cover .
Removing the access panel
Step 3

Remove the stand.

For more information about removing this item, see the HP support document, Removing the Back Cover .
Removing the stand
The hard disk drive is now accessible on the left side of the opening.Finding the hard drive
Step 4

Loosen the captured screw that secures the hard drive to the computer.
Hard drive screw
Step 5

Pull up on the handle of the hard drive assembly.
Pulling up on the handle
Step 6

Pull the hard drive partially out of the computer.

CAUTION:Do not pull excessively or strain the cables. Doing so could dislodge them from the main computer CPU board, cause the computer not to work, and require factory repair.
Pulling the hard drive partially out of the computer
Step 7

Detach the combination power and data cable from the back of the hard drive.
Detaching the data and power cables on the hard drive
Step 8

Remove the hard drive assembly from the computer.
Removing the hard drive assembly
Step 9

To take the hard drive out of its cage, remove the small screws at the sides of the cage.
The small screws on the hard drive cage
Step 10

Lift the drive out of the cage.
Lifting the drive out of the cage

Replacing the hard drive

Use the steps in this section to replace the hard drive.
Step 1

Place the hard drive on a flat surface.
The hard drive on a flat surface
Step 2

Align the open end of the cage with the back of the drive, and place the cage over the drive.
Placing the cage over the drive
Step 3

Align the four screw holes on the cage with the holes on the hard drive.
Aligning the four screw holes
Step 4

Replace the four side screws.
The small screws to be replaced
Step 5

Find the locator pegs on each side of the hard drive assembly.
Hard drive metal cage showing the four screws
Step 6

Inside the computer, find the slot on the left side that the locator peg fits into.
The slot on the left side
Then find the slot on the right side that the locator peg fits into.The slot on the right side
Step 7

Connect the power and data connector to the back of the drive.
Power and data connections
Step 8

Angle the side locator pegs of the hard drive assembly into their slots, and place the hard drive down flat inside the computer.
Place the hard drive down flat inside the computer
Step 9

Snap the handle back into place.
Snapping the handle back into place.
Step 10

Tighten the screw to secure the hard drive in the unit.
Hard drive screw
Step 11

Replace the stand.

For more information about replacing this item, see the HP support document, Removing the Back Cover .
Replacing the stand
Step 12

Replace the hard drive and memory cover.

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 rear cover, see the HP support document, Removing the Back Cover .
Sliding the panel into place

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