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Introduction

Use this guide if the hard drive in the HP Elitebook 8460p failed or you are looking to upgrade your hard drive with either a new spinning hard drive or a solid state hard drive. The hard drive is where all the data on your laptop is stored - including the Operating System. Before you remove the hard drive, it is strongly recommended to create a backup of all your data.

Most replacement hard drives should come with further instructions or a software tool to back up all the data on your current hard drive and transfer it to the new hard drive before installing the new hard drive.

Before opening the laptop up to replace the hard drive, ground yourself with an ESD strap to prevent electrostatic discharges from damaging or ruining other sensitive electrical components in the laptop.

To complete this guide, you will need a Phillips screw driver #0, an ESD grounding strap, and a replacement SATA hard drive in a 2.5 form factor.

  1. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • On the back of the computer, slide the left switch towards the outside of the laptop until you hear a click.

  2. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Slide the battery away from the switches until it can be lifted away from the laptop.

    • Lift the battery away from the laptop.

  3. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement, Back Panel: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • On the back of the laptop, slide the right switch toward the outside of the laptop until you hear a click.

  4. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Slide the back shell of the laptop away from the switches until it can be lifted up.

    • Lift the shell straight up.

  5. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 5, image 1 of 2 HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Attach an ESD strap to your wrist and to a ground.

    • Pull the tab with the small engraved arrow up and towards the inside of the laptop.

  6. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Using a Phillips #0 bit, unscrew the three screws that hold the hard drive assembly in place.

  7. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the silver metal cover by pulling straight up on the black tab.

  8. HP Elitebook 8460p Hard Drive Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the hard drive by pulling the drive straight out to the left.

    • If replacing the hard drive, seat the new hard drive firmly in the connector.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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4 Comments

Thanks! This made hard drive replacement on Elitebook VERY Easy!

Patrick Murphy - Reply

Awesome! So glad that it was able to help you out and keep your Elitebook running. Have a wonderful day!

Garrett Anderson -

Now it won't see the new HD to install to. W10 says the drive can't be used for booting and to enable it in BIOS.

Can't find where to enable it, however.

Rich Frueh - Reply

Meh. Took out battery, let sit for a while. Hit power a few times, plugged back in, and presto!

Not my favorite HP laptop.

Rich Frueh -

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