HP and Compaq Desktop PCs- Adding or Replacing a Hard Drive
This document pertains only to HP desktop computers with the following computer case:
Before you begin
Obtain a flathead screwdriver.
Remove the Pocket Media Drive, if it is present.
Turn off the computer, and then disconnect all cables. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable before disconnecting 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.
To add an additional 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.
Figure 1: Motherboard with IDE and SATA data connectors
1 - IDE connectors 2 - SATA data connectors
Figure 2: Example of SATA connections
1 - Power cable 2 - SATA data cable
Figure 3: Example of an IDE connection
1 - IDE ribbon cable 2 - Power cable
View the following video before using the steps in this article.
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Removing a drive
Use the steps in this section to remove a hard disk drive or to prepare to install a new second drive.
WARNING: Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Remove the right side panel.
For more information about removing the side panel, refer to the HP support document
Opening the PC Case
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.