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Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk Drive for HP Envy 15-3000, 15-3100, 15-3200, 15-3300 Series Notebook PCs

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This document applies to HP Envy 15-3000, 15-3100, 15-3200, and 15-3300 series notebook computers.
HP Envy 15-3x00 series notebook computer
Use the steps in this document to help replace a hard drive in your computer. If you want to add a hard drive with more capacity (upgrade), know that you can upgrade to any sized hard drive that meets the connection type in your computer. Most often this is serial ATA (SATA or eSATA). Also know that there are formatting limitations that may be encountered for drives larger than 2 TB. To access all the data on drives larger than 2 TB format the drive using GPT or create multiple partitions smaller than 2 TB.

Before you begin

  • You need a Phillips head screwdriver.
  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. 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.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
WARNING:The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
WARNING:Before starting, power off the computer and wait for components to cool before starting these procedures.
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.

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this article.
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NOTE:The video and graphics in this article depict a specific configuration of notebook computer. These same removal and replacement procedures apply to all configurations for all HP Envy 15-3x00 Series computers.

Removing the hard drive

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

Remove the battery/hard disk drive cover.

For more information about removing the battery/hard disk drive cover, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery/Hard Disk Drive Cover .
Lifting the cover
Step 2

Use the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable to disconnect the cable from its connector.
Disconnecting the cable
Step 3

Remove the hard disk drive adapter cable from the routing channel.
Removing the cable from the channel
Step 4

Remove the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.

Save the screws for hard drive replacement.
Removing the hard drive screws
Step 5

Use the Mylar tab on the hard disk drive to lift the edge of the drive and pull the drive out of the computer.
Removing the hard drive
Step 6

Disconnect and remove the hard disk drive adapter cable.
Removing the hard drive adapter cable
Step 7

Remove the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive bracket to the hard drive.

Save the screws for bracket replacement.
Removing the screws
Step 8

Remove the hard disk drive bracket from the hard disk drive.
Removing the hard drive bracket
Step 9

Place the hard drive in an anti-static bag.
Placing the hard drive in anti-static bag

Replacing the hard drive

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

Align the hard drive bracket onto the hard drive.
Placing the bracket on the drive
Step 2

Replace the four Phillips head screws that secure the bracket to the drive.
Replacing the screws
Step 3

Reconnect the hard disk drive adapter cable to the hard drive.
Hard drive adapter cable
Step 4

Place the hard drive into the hard drive bay.
Aligning the hard drive
NOTE:Make sure to route the hard drive adapter cable underneath the hard drive connector.
Routing the cable underneath the hard drive
Step 5

Replace the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive in place.
Replacing the hard drive screws
Step 6

Route the hard drive adapter cable through the routing channel.
Routing the cable
Step 7

Reconnect the hard disk drive cable to its connector.
Connecting the connector
Step 8

Replace the battery/hard disk drive 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 battery/hard disk drive cover, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery/Hard Disk Drive Cover .
Aligning the cover