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.
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, you can refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
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.
Remove the power and data cables from the hard drive.
Remove the screw that secures the hard drive tray to the computer.
Pull the hard drive power connector to the side, and then pull the hard drive tray out of the computer.
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.
Remove the four screws that secure the hard drive to the hard drive tray.
Slide the hard drive out of the front of the hard drive tray.
Installing a primary disk drive
Use the steps in this section to install a new hard drive into an empty drive bay.
Turn the hard drive upside down and slide it into the hard drive tray.
Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the screw holes on the hard drive tray and then attach the four screws.
Pull any cables out of the way, and then slide the hard drive tray back into the computer drive tray.
Reattach the screw to secure the hard drive tray to the drive tray.
Connect the power and SATA data cables to the hard drive. The connectors are keyed and can be attached in only one way.
Flip down the spring clip over the data connector.
Replace the pocket media 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 documents Opening the PC Case .