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HP HDD removal manual

Hewlett-Packard and HP Compaq Desktop computers: How to Remove a Hard Drive

To extract the hard drive from HP Compaq Mac desktop computer:

  • Always shut down the computer before opening it to avoid damaging its internal components.
  • Unplug the power cord and external cables from the computer.

The only tool required for this procedure is a Phillips screwdriver. While some models may look slightly different from the one shown in the illustrations, the steps for all models are the same.

The process of removing a failed hard drive from a desktop computer varies slightly depending on the type of the HP/Compaq computer model you have.
While some computers may look slightly different from the one shown in the illustrations, the steps to be taken for all cases are the same.

We provide the hard drive removal instructions for the computers with the following computer cases:

HP + Compaq
HP and Compaq desktop computers

WARNING: Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.

Removing the failed Hard Drive:

1. Remove the right side panel [1].

2. Remove the front panel [2].

Open the computer case

3. Detach the power and data cables from the rear of the drive [3].

Detach cables from HDD

WARNING: If your computer has SATA hard drive, the connectors must be squeezed to disconnect them.

Squeeze SATA connectors

4. Remove the two screws that secure the hard drive to the computer [4].

5. Pull the hard drive out of the front of the computer [5].

Pull the hard drive



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