Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk Drive for HP Pavilion dv7-7x00 Series Entertainment and HP ENVY dv7-7x00 Series Notebook PCs
This document applies to HP Pavilion dv7-7x00 Series Entertainment and HP ENVY dv7-7x00 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.
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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.
Remove the battery.
For more information about removing the battery, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery .
Remove the service door.
For more information about removing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
NOTE:The primary and secondary hard disk drives can be removed and replaced using similar methods with only slight differences.
1 - Primary hard drive
2 - Secondary hard drive
Remove the two Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.
Save the screws for hard drive replacement.
Slide the primary hard disk drive back.
Use the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable to disconnect the cable from its connector.
NOTE:If removing the secondary hard disk drive, lift the longer cable out of the routing channel.
Use the Mylar tab on the hard disk drive to lift the edge of the drive and pull the drive out of the computer.
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.
Lift and remove the hard drive from the carrier.
Disconnect the hard drive cable from the 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.
Replace the hard drive connector.
Place the hard drive into its carrier.
Replace the four screws that secure the hard drive to its carrier.
Place the hard drive in the hard drive bay.
Slide the hard disk drive back.
Reconnect the hard drive cable to its connector.
NOTE:If replacing the secondary hard disk drive, route the longer cable through the routing channel and connect it to the secondary hard disk drive connector on the system board.
Slide the hard drive forward until the screw holes line up.
Replace the two screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.
Replace the service door.
For more information about replacing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
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 .