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Replacing the Hard Drive in HP Pavilion Slimline s3000 and Compaq Presario S3000 Desktop PCs

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This document pertains only to HP Pavilion desktop computers with the following case:
HP Pavilion desktop computer

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Then, 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.
  • To add an additional serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive, an additional SATA data cable is required.
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.

If you are adding an additional hard drive

When adding a hard drive, it is important to identify the connectors on the motherboard.
The hard drive connectors on the motherboard must match the type of hard drive you wish to connect. If your motherboard has SATA data connectors and one is not in use, you can attach an additional SATA hard drive. If your motherboard has an IDE connector available, you can attach an IDE hard drive.
NOTE:If you want to install an IDE hard drive to a motherboard that has only SATA data connectors, a third-party adapter is necessary.
Figure 1: Motherboard with IDE and SATA data connectors
Motherboard with SATA and IDE connectors
1 - IDE connectors
2 - SATA data connectors
Figure 2: Example of SATA connections
Hard drives with SATA data cables and connections
1 - Power cable
2 - SATA data cable
Figure 3: Example of an IDE connection
Hard drive with IDE data cable and connection
1 - IDE data cable
2 - Power cable

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.
Step 1

With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove the right side panel.

For more information about removing the right side panel, you can refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
Removing the side panel
Step 2

Remove the pocket media drive from the computer by lifting up on the latch and pulling the bay back and then up out of the system.
Pocket media drive
Step 3

Remove the power and data cables from the hard drive.
Power and data cables
Step 4

Remove the screw that secures the hard drive tray to the computer.
Screw that secures the hard drive
Step 5

Pull the hard drive power connector to the side, and then pull the hard drive tray out of the computer.
Hard drive tray
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.
Latch on the SATA connector
Step 6

Remove the four screws that secure the hard drive to the hard drive tray.
Four screws that secure the hard drive
Step 7

Slide the hard drive out of the front of the hard drive tray.
Hard drive and tray

Installing a primary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to install a new hard drive into an empty drive bay.
Step 1

Turn the hard drive upside down and slide it into the hard drive tray.
Hard drive and tray
Step 2

Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the screw holes on the hard drive tray and then attach the four screws.
Four screws that secure the hard drive
Step 3

Pull any cables out of the way, and then slide the hard drive tray back into the computer drive tray.
Hard drive tray and computer drive tray
Step 4

Reattach the screw to secure the hard drive tray to the drive tray.
Screw to secure the drive tray
Step 5

Connect the power and SATA data cables to the hard drive. The connectors are keyed and can be attached in only one way.
Cables connected to the hard drive
Step 6

Flip down the spring clip over the data connector.
Spring clip
Step 7

Replace the pocket media drive.
Pocket media drive
Step 8

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 documents Opening the PC Case .
Replacing the side panel
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