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.

Image 1/1: Locate the battery removal switch next to the battery compartment
  • 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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Image 1/2: Lift the battery out. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/1: Hard drive bay 1 is in the lower right corner.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws that hold the bay 1 cover in place. Image 2/2: The screws should remain in the cover.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Grab the clear plastic pull tab on top of the hard drive to lift the hard drive from the laptop. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: Most laptops don't have a second hard drive.  If yours does not, then proceed to the next step. Image 2/3: Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the two 5 mm screws that hold the bay 2 cover in place. Image 3/3: After removing the two cover screws, lift and slide the cover out of position to access the hard drive.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Start by gently pulling the HP hard drive adapter from the end of the hard drive. Image 2/3: Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the four 3 mm bracketing screws on ''both'' sides of the hard drive bracket (2 per side) . Image 3/3: Lift the hard drive from its metal bracket.
  • 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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