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Replacing the Hard Drive in HP Pavilion Slimline s7000 Series Desktop PCs

This document pertains to HP desktop computers with the following case:

HP Pavilion Slimline computer

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer, disconnect all cables, and 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.
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.

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Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this document.

Removing the primary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to remove a hard drive so that an empty bay can be used to install a new drive.

WARNING: Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1
With all cables disconnected from the computer, remove the right side panel.
For more information about removing the right side panel, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case .
Removing the right side panel
Step 2
Remove the fan assembly by pulling up on the middle section of the assembly until it separates from the computer.
Removing the middle section of the assembly
Step 3
Remove the power and data cables from the hard drive.
Power and data cables to remove
CAUTION: If you are disconnecting a serial ATA SATA drive, make sure to press in on the latch when removing the data cable. Failure to do so, can damage the cable.
Pressing or pinching the latch of the serial data cable
Step 4
Remove the screw that secures the hard drive tray to the computer.
Screw that secures the hard drive tray to the computer
Step 5
While holding the power cable out of the way, grasp the tray handle and slide the hard drive tray out of the computer.
Sliding the hard drive out of the computer
Step 6
Remove the four screws that secure the hard drive to the hard drive tray.
Four screws securing the hard drive in its tray
Step 7
Slide the hard drive out of the front of the hard drive tray.
Removing the hard drive from the tray

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Installing a primary disk drive

Use the steps in this section to install a new hard drive into an empty drive bay.

Step 1
Turn the hard drive upside down and slide it into the hard drive tray.
Sliding the hard drive into the tray
Step 2
Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the screw holes on the hard drive tray and then attach the four screws.
Four screws securing the hard drive in the tray
Step 3
Pull any cables out of the way and then slide the hard drive tray back into the computer.
Sliding the hard drive tray back into the computer
Step 4
Reattach the screw to secure the hard drive tray to the computer drive tray.
Screw that secures the hard drive tray to the computer
Step 5
Connect the power and data cables to the drive. The connectors are keyed and can be attached in only one way.
Power and data cables connected to the hard drive
If you are installing an Parallel ATA drive (IDE flat ribbon cable) check the jumpers on the new drive to make sure they are correct. Normally, the drive should have the jumper set to Cable Select (CS).
Jumper positions can vary from drive to drive. Look for etchings or diagrams printed on the drive for instructions.
Jumpers on the hard drive
Diagram of jumper positions
Step 6
Replace the fan assembly by aligning the three tabs on the top of the fan assembly with the corresponding slots on the computer and ...
Replacing the fan assembly
... swing the fan assembly down until the fan assembly tabs connect with the computer slots, ...
Fan assembly tabs and the matching computer slots
... and then push the posts on the other side of the assembly into position on the computer drive tray.
Pushing the assembly into position on the drive tray
Step 7
Replace the right side panel, and then reconnect the cables.
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 about replacing the right side panel, refer to the HP support documents Opening the PC Case .
Replacing the right side panel
Step 8
Perform a system recovery to replace the original software that came with the computer or install a new operating system.

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