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HP Pavilion Desktop PCs - Replacing a Floppy Drive

This document provides step-by-step instructions to remove or replace the floppy drive.

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Before you begin

  • Get a Phillips screwdriver and a medium flat-blade screwdriver.

  • HP strongly recommends using an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad.

  • Find a clear, flat, stable work surface over a floor that is not carpeted.

CAUTION: HP cannot be held liable for damage resulting from improper installation of software and/or parts, or the installation of parts and/or software that were not supplied by HP.

Step 1: Opening the case

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.
  1. Unplug all cables except for the power cable. Write down each cable location.

  2. Unplug the power cable, then press the POWER button.

  3. Remove the panel retaining screws. Refer to Figure 1 below for examples of typical retaining screw locations.

  4. Remove the panels to expose the inside of the computer by sliding them off. Both side panels of the computer will need to be removed unless the drive bay can be pulled out.

  5. Open swing-out or slide-out sections to make the floppy drive more accessible if these features are available. Be careful not to dislocate any cables inside.

  6. If you have trouble removing the covers, use HP's Support Search Page to find more detailed information. Enter your pavilion model number in the product field and type opening the case into the text box. Otherwise, continue to the next step.

Figure 1: Panel retaining screw locations

Figure 2: Movable sections

Step 2: Installing a floppy drive

The following steps explain how to remove and install a floppy drive into a pavilion computer:

  1. Locate the floppy drive. It should be located in a smaller drive bay underneath the larger hard drive and CD drives.

  2. Disconnect the ribbon and power cable from the back of the drive.

  3. Use the following steps if your Pavilion has a removable drive bay:

    1. Remove any extra screws that may retain the bay to the chassis.

    2. If your Pavilion has a removable slide-out bay, push in on the shiny metal handles and slide the drive bay out towards the rear of the computer. Or If your Pavilion has a swing out bay (see Figure 3), loosen the small screw on the underside of the bay, then press up on the small release lever and swing the bay out of the computer.

Figure 3: Floppy drive locations

  1. Use a small screwdriver to remove the screws on each side of the drive. Do not throw the screws away.

  2. Slide the drive out of the rear of the drive bay.

  3. Replace the new drive in the same manner that the drive was removed. Use the screw holes to place the drive in proper position.

  4. Replace all screws and plug in all internal cables. Continue to the next step.

Step 3: Replacing the cover(s)

  1. Match the attachment fingers inside the panel or cover to their respective slots in the sides of the chassis (see Figure 4).

  2. Slide the panels or cover into place and tighten screws.

  3. Reinstall all of the cables into the back of the HP Pavilion. Plug the power cord in last and continue to the next step.

Figure 4: Replacing the cover

Step 4: Installing software for the new drive

  1. Turn on the PC.

  2. Windows will find and install new hardware drivers for the floppy drive. You may not see any informational windows during this process.

  3. Test the drive by reading from a disk that is known to be good.

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