Replacing the Hard Drive
Before you begin
- Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables, and 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.
WARNING:The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
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 primary disk drive
Use the steps in this section to remove a hard drive so that an empty bay can be used to install a new drive.
WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove the right side panel.
For more information about removing the right side panel refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
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Remove the power and data cables.
CAUTION:If you are disconnecting a serial ATA SATA drive, make sure to press in on the latch when removing the data cable. Failure to do so, can damage the cable.
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Pull the quick-release latch ...
|... and then pull the hard drive out of the computer.|
Installing a primary disk drive
Use the steps in this section to install a new hard drive into an empty drive bay.
The original hard drive is fitted with 4 large-headed screws that fit into slots on the drive cage. If this is a new hard drive, transfer the screws from the old drive to the new one.
If you are installing an Parallel ATA drive (IDE flat ribbon cable) check the jumpers on the new drive to make sure they are correct. Normally, the drive should have the jumper set to Cable Select (CS).
|Jumper positions can vary from drive to drive. Look for etchings or diagrams printed on the drive for instructions.|
For more information about how to set jumpers on hard drives, please refer to Jumper Settings for the Installation of IDE Hard Disks and CD, CDRW, and DVD
Pull the quick release latch and then insert the hard drive into the hard drive bay until it snaps into position.
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Connect the power and data cables to the drive. The connectors are keyed and can be attached in only one way.
NOTE:If you are installing a second SATA hard drive, attach a SATA data cable to an available SATA connector on the motherboard before attaching it to the rear of the drive.
|For PATA drives, connect the power cable and the ribbon cable. For the Master book disk, use the last connector on the ribbon cable. This connector should be clearly labeled as Master.|
The connector is keyed and may only be attached in one way. The red edge on the cable aligns with pin 1 of the hard drive.
Replace the right side panel, and then reconnect the cables.
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 right side panel, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
Perform a system recovery (to replace the original software that came with the computer) or install a new operating system.