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Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk for HP Mini 210-3000 Notebook PCs

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This document applies to HP Mini 210-3000 series notebook computers.
HP Mini 210-3000 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 Mini 210-3000 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.

For more information about removing the battery, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery .
Removing the battery
Step 2

Remove the service door.

For more information about removing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
Removing the service door (back cover)
Step 3

Locate the hard disk drive assembly and the connector with its black tab.
Locating the connector
Step 4

Grasp the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable and gently lift it up to disconnect the cable from its connector on the system board.
Lifting up the connector
Step 5

Remove the disk drive adapter cable from its routing channel.
Removing the cable from the routing channel
Step 6

Lift the black tab to find the screw. Remove the Phillips head screw that secures the hard drive to the computer.

Save the screw for hard drive replacement.
Removing the screw that secures the hard drive
Step 7

Grasp the black tab on the hard disk drive assembly to lift the edge of the drive and pull the drive out of the computer.
Removing the hard drive
Step 8

Remove the two rubber isolators from the disk drive bracket.
Removing the rubber isolators
Step 9

Disconnect and remove the hard disk drive adapter cable from hard disk drive.
Removing the disk drive adapter cable
Step 10

Remove the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard disk drive in its bracket.
Screw locations
Step 11

Remove the hard disk drive bracket from the hard disk drive.
Removing disk drive bracket
Step 12

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

Replacing the hard drive

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

Place the hard disk drive bracket onto the drive.
Placing the drive bracket on the drive
Step 2

Replace the four Phillips head screws.
Screw locations
Step 3

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

Replace the two rubber isolators onto the hard disk drive bracket.
Replacing the rubber isolators
Step 5

Lower the hard disk drive assembly into the hard drive bay.

Slide the hard drive assembly into place.
Lowering the hard drive into the hard drive bay

Sliding the disk drive assembly back into the computer
Step 6

Press the hard disk drive into the hard drive bay.
Pressing the hard drive into place
Step 7

Replace the Phillips head screw that secures the hard disk drive assembly in place.
Replacing the screw
Step 8

Reconnect the hard disk drive assembly cable to its connector on the system board using the black tab.
Reconnecting the hard disk cable
Step 9

Replace the hard disk drive adapter cable back into the routing channel.
Replacing the adapter cable back into the routing channel
Step 10

Replace the service door (back panel).

For more information about replacing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
Replacing the service door
Step 11

Replace the battery.

For more information about replacing the battery, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery .
Replacing the battery

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