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Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk Drive for HP Pavilion g6-2000, g6-2100, g6-2200, and g6-2300 Series Notebook PCs

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This document applies to HP Pavilion g6-2000, g6-2100, g6-2200 and g6-2300 notebook computers.
HP Pavilion g6-2x00 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.
NOTE:For best quality on dial-up connections, wait until the video has fully loaded before viewing.
NOTE:The video and graphics in this article depict a specific configuration of notebook computer. These same removal and replacement procedures apply to all configurations for all HP Pavilion g6-2xxx series computers.

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 cover.

For more information about removing the service cover, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Cover .
Removing the service cover
Step 3

Use the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable to disconnect the cable from its connector.
Disconnecting the cable
Step 4

NOTE:Lift the hard drive adapter cable out of the routing channel.
Lifting the cable
Step 5

Lift the hard disk drive assembly out of the hard disk drive bay.
Removing the hard drive
Step 6

Disconnect the hard drive cable from the drive.
Disconnecting the cable
Step 7

Remove the two rubber bumpers from the ends of the hard disk drive.

NOTE:The rubber bumpers are not identical. Make note of the location of each rubber bumper for replacement.
Rubber bumpers
Step 8

Remove the four Phillips-head screws that secure the hard disk drive bracket to the hard disk drive.

Save the screws for bracket replacement
Hard drive screws
Step 9

Remove the hard disk drive bracket from the hard disk drive.
Removing the hard drive bracket
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

Place the hard disk drive with the label facing down and align the hard disk drive bracket onto the hard disk drive.
Aligning the hard drive bracket
Step 2

Replace the four screws that secure the hard drive bracket to the hard drive.
Hard drive screws
Step 3

Place the two rubber bumpers onto the ends of the hard drive.
Rubber bumpers
Step 4

Connect the hard disk drive adapter cable into its connector on the hard disk drive.
Hard drive adapter cable
Step 5

Place the hard drive in the hard drive bay.
Placing the hard drive
Step 6

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

Route the hard disk drive adapter cable through the routing channel on the base enclosure.
Routing the cable
Step 8

Replace the service cover.

For more information about replacing the service cover, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Cover .
Sliding the service cover in
Step 9

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