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Replacing the Hard Drive in HP Pavilion Slimline s5000 Series Desktop PCs

This document pertains only to HP Slimline computers with the following computer case:

Image of the computer

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.

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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

Motherboard with SATA and IDE connectors
1 - IDE connectors
2 - SATA data connectors

Figure 2: Example of SATA connections

Hard drives with SATA cables connected
1 - Power cable
2 - SATA data cable

Figure 3: Example of an IDE connection

Hard drive with IDE cables connected
1 - IDE ribbon cable
2 - Power cable

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Removing the hard drive

Use the steps in this section to remove the hard disk drive by first removing the side panel, the front panel, the CD/DVD drive, the system fan, and the drive cage.

WARNING: Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1
Remove the side panel.
For more information about removing the side panel, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
Removing the side panel
Step 2
Remove the front panel.
For more information about removing the front panel, refer to the HP support document Removing the Front Cover .
Swinging the front panel open
Step 3
Remove the CD/DVD drive.
For more information about removing the CD/DVD drive, refer to the HP support document Replacing a CD or DVD Drive .
Pulling the drive completely out the front of the computer
Step 4
Locate the system fan below the CD/DVD drive cage.
CAUTION: Note there are two fans in the computer. For this procedure, you remove the system fan (shown in the rectangle) located directly below the drive cage, not the processor fan located to the left (shown with the circle and X).
System fan (shown in the rectangle) and the processor fan (shown with a circle and X)
Step 5
Remove the system fan screw. (This is one of two short screws on select models.)
Removing the system fan screw
Step 6
Push in the metal tab (1) above the fan as you tip out the top of the fan (2), and then lift the fan (3) partway out of the computer. Without disconnecting the fan, set it aside.
Releasing and removing the system fan partway out
of the computer
Step 7
Remove the screw at the top of the drive cage. (This is one of two short screws on select models.)
Screw at the top of the drive cage
Step 8
Remove the three screws on the front of the computer that secure the drive cage in the computer. (These are long screws.)
Removing three drive cage screws on the front of the computer
Step 9
Remove the drive cage by moving it downward to release it, and then lifting it partway out of the computer.
Sliding the drive cage down to release it
Step 10
Lift the cage all the way out of the computer and set it on its side.
Lifting the drive cage out of the computer
Step 11
Locate the cables connected to the hard disk drive in the drive cage.
Cables connected to the hard drive in the drive cage
Step 12
Disconnect the cables from the drive:
Plugs on the drive cables are keyed and can be inserted only when aligned properly to the connector on the drive.
In addition, some plugs have a latch that must be pressed or squeezed to release the plug while pulling it from the connector.
  • For a plug without a latch, pull the plug straight out from the connector.

  • For a plug with a latch, press the latch in the center of the plug, and then pull the plug straight out from the connector.

Figure 4: SATA data cable plug without a latch

SATA data connector without a latch

Figure 5: SATA data cable plug and power cable plug, each with a latch

SATA data cable plug and power cable plug, each with a latch
Step 13
Remove the four screws (two on each side) that secure the hard disk drive in the cage.
Screws on one side of the drive cage
Screws on one side of the drive cage
Step 14
Slide the drive out of the cage.
Sliding the hard drive out of the drive cage

Installing the hard drive

Use the steps in this section to install the replacement drive.

Step 1
Position the replacement hard disk drive with the label facing up and the connectors facing outward.
Slide the drive into the drive cage, and align the four screw holes in the sides of the drive with the holes in the cage.
Sliding the drive into the drive cage.
Step 2
Replace the four screws (two on each side) that secure the hard disk drive in the cage.
Screws on one side of the drive cage
Step 3
Connect the cables to the drive.
Connecting the cables to the hard drive
Step 4
Tip the drive cage and insert it into the computer.
Tipping the drive cage and inserting it into the computer
Step 5
Align the drive cage with the opening in the front of the computer, slide the drive cage up to engage the two tabs, and...
Sliding the drive cage up to engage the two tabs
...ensure the screw hole at the top of the drive cage aligns under the screw hole in the computer rail (1).
CAUTION: Do not position the drive cage screw hole over the computer rail (2).
Drive cage aligned under the screw hole in the computer rail (1) and incorrectly positioned over the computer rail (2)
Step 6
Replace the three screws (1) on the front of the computer and the screw (2) at the top of the drive cage.
CAUTION: The drive cage screw is a short screw on select models.
Replacing three long screws on the front of the computer and one short screw at the top of the drive cage
Step 7
Replace the system fan by inserting the two lower hooks on the fan (1) into the slots in the computer, and then swinging the top of the fan (2) onto the computer.
Inserting the system fan
Step 8
Press the system fan until the metal tab locks it in place.
Metal tab that locks the system fan in place
Step 9
Replace the system fan screw.
CAUTION: The system fan screw is a short screw on select models.
Replacing the system fan screw
Step 10
Install the CD/DVD drive.
For more information about installing the CD/DVD drive, refer to the HP support document Replacing a CD or DVD Drive .
Pushing the drive into the computer
Step 11
Replace the front panel.
For more information, refer to the HP support document Removing the Front Cover .
Pressing the front panel into place on the computer
Step 12
Replace the side panel.
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, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case .
Sliding the side panel toward the front of the computer

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