Introduction

In an age where files expand to huge sizes, it becomes necessary to have a large storage medium. Replacing a hard drive could be a challenging task, but this guide clarifies all potential issues.

Parts

No parts required.

Turn the laptop over to expose the bottom side.
  • Turn the laptop over to expose the bottom side.

  • Locate the battery removal switch next to the battery compartment

  • Important: Before doing any repairs on the laptop, make sure it is completely powered down and unplugged.

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Slide the switch all the way to the left to release the battery.  The battery should pop up. Lift the battery out.
  • Slide the switch all the way to the left to release the battery. The battery should pop up.

  • Lift the battery out.

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There are two hard drive bays.
  • There are two hard drive bays.

    • Hard drive bay 1 is in the lower right corner.

    • Hard drive bay 2 is in the lower left corner.

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To remove hard drive 1 from bay 1 Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws that hold the bay 1 cover in place.
  • To remove hard drive 1 from bay 1

    • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws that hold the bay 1 cover in place.

      • The screws should remain in the cover.

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After removing the two cover screws, lift and slide the cover out of position to access the hard drive. Grab the clear plastic pull tab on top of the hard drive to lift the hard drive from the laptop.
  • After removing the two cover screws, lift and slide the cover out of position to access the hard drive.

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab on top of the hard drive to lift the hard drive from the laptop.

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To remove hard drive 2 from bay 2. Most laptops don't have a second hard drive.  If yours does not, then proceed to the next step. Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the two 5 mm screws that hold the bay 2 cover in place.
  • To remove hard drive 2 from bay 2.

    • Most laptops don't have a second hard drive. If yours does not, then proceed to the next step.

  • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the two 5 mm screws that hold the bay 2 cover in place.

  • After removing the two cover screws, lift and slide the cover out of position to access the hard drive.

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab on top of the hard drive, and lift the hard drive from the laptop.

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After the hard drive has been removed from the laptop, it must then be removed from its bracket. Start by gently pulling the HP hard drive adapter from the end of the hard drive. Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the four 3 mm bracketing screws on both sides of the hard drive bracket (2 per side) .
  • After the hard drive has been removed from the laptop, it must then be removed from its bracket.

  • Start by gently pulling the HP hard drive adapter from the end of the hard drive.

  • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the four 3 mm bracketing screws on both sides of the hard drive bracket (2 per side) .

  • Lift the hard drive from its metal bracket.

    • Be careful not to touch the green underside as this may damage the hard drive.

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Conclusion

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

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Hello. In step 7 of the above, what is the name/part number/ size etc of the adapter/connector please ? I need one urgently.

Thanks.

freeflyshannon - Reply

yes that would be very helpfull because the new SSdrive I have will not fit even though is is the same size. I think I need some sort of an adaptor as you say.

Stephen Cox - Reply

For modern SATA SSDs, the typical form factor is 7.5mm. The standard for laptop HDDs is 9.5mm. You will need to buy a plastic spacer in order to properly mount the drive inside your computer.

Michael - Reply

thanks for the help

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