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Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk Drive for HP Pavilion dv6-7000 and dv6-7100 and HP ENVY dv6-7200, dv6-7300 Series Notebook PCs

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This document applies to HP Pavilion dv6-7000 and dv6-7100 and HP ENVY dv6-7200, dv6-7300 notebook computers.
HP dv6-7x00 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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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
Step 3

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

Save the screws for hard drive replacement.
Hard drive screws
Step 4

Slide the hard disk drive back.
Moving the hard drive back
Step 5

Use the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable to disconnect the cable from its connector.
Disconnecting the cable
Step 6

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 7

Remove the four Phillips head screws (two on each side) that secure the hard drive to its carrier.

Save the screws for hard drive replacement.
Hard drive carrier screws
Step 8

Lift and remove the hard drive from the carrier.
Removing the hard drive from the carrier
Step 9

Disconnect the hard drive cable from the drive.
Disconnecting the cable
Step 10

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

Replacing the hard drive

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

Replace the hard drive connector.
Replacing the hard drive connector
Step 2

Place the hard drive into its carrier.
Placing the hard drive into its carrier
Step 3

Replace the four screws that secure the hard drive to its carrier.
Hard drive carrier screws
Step 4

Place the hard drive in the hard drive bay.
Placing the hard drive
Step 5

Slide the hard disk drive back.
Moving the hard drive back
Step 6

Reconnect the hard drive cable to its connector.
Reconnecting the cable
Step 7

Slide the hard drive forward until the screw holes line up.
Aligning the screw holes
Step 8

Replace the two screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.
Hard drive screws
Step 9

Replace the service door.

For more information about replacing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
Sliding the service door in
Step 10

Replace the battery.

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, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery .
Pressing down on the battery