Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk Drive for HP Envy 15-3000, 15-3100, 15-3200, 15-3300 Series Notebook PCs
This document applies to HP Envy 15-3000, 15-3100, 15-3200, and 15-3300 series notebook computers.
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.
View the following video before using the steps in this article.
NOTE:For best quality on dial-up connections, wait until the video has fully loaded before viewing.
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.
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 .
Use the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable to disconnect the cable from its connector.
Remove the hard disk drive adapter cable from the routing channel.
Remove the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.
Save the screws for hard drive replacement.
Use the Mylar tab on the hard disk drive to lift the edge of the drive and pull the drive out of the computer.
Disconnect and remove the hard disk drive adapter cable.
Remove the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive bracket to the hard drive.
Save the screws for bracket replacement.
Remove the hard disk drive bracket from the hard disk drive.
Place the hard drive in an anti-static bag.
Replacing the hard drive
Use the steps in this section to replace the hard drive.
Align the hard drive bracket onto the hard drive.
Replace the four Phillips head screws that secure the bracket to the drive.
Reconnect the hard disk drive adapter cable to the hard drive.
Place the hard drive into the hard drive bay.
NOTE:Make sure to route the hard drive adapter cable underneath the hard drive connector.
Replace the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive in place.
Route the hard drive adapter cable through the routing channel.
Reconnect the hard disk drive cable to its connector.
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 .