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HP Compaq 8100 and 8180 Elite Business PC - Drives

When installing additional drives, follow these guidelines:

  • The primary Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive must be connected to the dark blue SATA connector on the system board labeled SATA0.

  • Connect the first SATA optical drive to the white SATA connector on the system board labeled SATA1.

  • Connect devices in order of SATA0, SATA1, SATA2, then SATA3.

  • Connect an optional eSATA adapter cable to the black ESATA connector on the system board.

  • Connect a media card reader USB cable to the USB connector on the system board labeled MEDIA. If the media card reader has a 1394 port, connect the 1394 cable to the 1394 PCI card.

  • The system does not support Parallel ATA (PATA) optical drives or PATA hard drives.

  • You may install either a third-height or a half-height drive into a half-height bay.

  • You must install guide screws to ensure the drive will line up correctly in the drive cage and lock in place. HP has provided extra guide screws installed on the chassis. The hard drive uses 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws, eight of which are installed on the hard drive bracket under the access panel. All other drives use M3 metric screws, eight of which are installed on the optical drive bracket under the access panel. The HP-supplied metric guide screws are black. The HP-supplied 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws are silver and blue. If you are replacing the primary hard drive, you must remove the four silver and blue 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws from the old hard drive and install them in the new hard drive.

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No.
Guide Screw
Device
1
Black M3 Metric Screws
5.25-inch Drives
2
Silver and Blue 6-32 Isolation Mounting Screws
3.5-inch Hard Drives
To prevent loss of work and damage to the computer or drive:

If you are inserting or removing a drive, shut down the operating system properly, turn off the computer, and unplug the power cord. Do not remove a drive while the computer is on or in standby mode.

Before handling a drive, ensure that you are discharged of static electricity. While handling a drive, avoid touching the connector.

Handle a drive carefully; do not drop it.

Do not use excessive force when inserting a drive.

Avoid exposing a hard drive to liquids, temperature extremes, or products that have magnetic fields such as monitors or speakers.

If a drive must be mailed, place the drive in a bubble-pack mailer or other protective packaging and label the package “Fragile: Handle With Care.”

System Board Drive Connections

Refer to the following illustration and table to identify the system board drive connectors.

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System Board Drive Connections
No.
System Board Connector
System Board Label
Color
1
eSATA
ESATA
black
2
SATA3
SATA3
orange
3
SATA2
SATA2
light blue
4
SATA0 (for 1st hard drive)
SATA0
dark blue
5
SATA1 (for 1st optical drive)
SATA1
white
6
Media Card Reader
MEDIA
black

Drive Positions

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Drive Positions
1
Three 5.25-inch external drive bays for optional drives (optical drives and media card reader shown)
2
Three 3.5-inch internal hard drive bays
The drive configuration on your computer may be different than the drive configuration shown above.

The bottom 5.25-inch drive bay has a shorter depth than the upper two bays. The bottom bay supports a half-height drive or other device that is no more than 14.5 cm (5.7 inches) in depth. Do not try to force a larger drive, such as an optical drive, into the bottom bay. This could cause damage to the drive and the system board. The use of unnecessary force when installing any drive into the drive bay may result in damage to the drive.

To verify the type and size of the storage devices installed in the computer, run Computer Setup.

Removing a Drive from a Drive Bay

All removable media should be taken out of a drive before removing the drive from the computer.
  1. Prepare the computer for disassembly (Preparation for Disassembly).

  2. Remove the computer access panel (Computer Access Panel).

  3. Disconnect the drive cables, as indicated in the following illustrations:

    When removing the cables, pull the tab or connector instead of the cable itself to avoid damaging the cable.
    • If you are removing an optical drive, disconnect the power cable (1) and data cable (2) from the back of the drive.

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    • If you are removing a media card reader, disconnect the USB cable from the system board. If the media card reader has a 1394 port, disconnect the 1394 cable from the PCI card.

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  4. Remove the drive from the drive bay as follows:

    • To remove a 5.25-inch drive in the desktop configuration, press down on the yellow drivelock mechanism (1) and slide the drive from the drive bay (2).

      When the yellow drivelock is pressed, all the external 5.25-inch drives are released so do not tilt the unit and allow the drives to fall out.

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    • To remove a 5.25-inch drive in the minitower configuration, pull up on the green drivelock mechanism (1) for that specific drive and slide the drive from the drive bay (2).

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    • To remove a hard drive from and internal 3.5-inch drive bay, pull up on the green hard drive drivelock mechanism (1) for that drive and slide the drive from the drive bay (2).

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  5. Store the removed drive in anti-static packaging.

Installing a 5.25-inch Drive into an External Drive Bay

  1. Prepare the computer for disassembly (Preparation for Disassembly).

  2. Remove the computer access panel (Computer Access Panel).

  3. Remove the front bezel (Front Bezel). If you are installing a drive in a bay covered by a bezel blank, remove the bezel blank. See Bezel Blanks for more information.

  4. Install four M3 metric guide screws in the lower holes on each side of the drive (1). HP has provided four extra M3 metric guide screws on the 5.25-inch drive bracket under the access panel. The M3 metric guide screws are black.

    If you are replacing a drive, transfer the guides screws from the old drive to the new one.
    Use only 5-mm long screws as guide screws. Longer screws can damage the internal components of the drive.

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  5. Install the drive in the desired drive bay by sliding it all the way into the front of the drive cage until it locks (2). The drivelock automatically secures the drive in the bay.

    The bottom 5.25-inch drive bay has a shorter depth than the upper two bays. The bottom bay supports a half-height drive or other device that is no more than 14.5 cm (5.7 inches) in depth. Do not try to force a larger drive, such as an optical drive, into the bottom bay. This could cause damage to the drive and the system board. The use of unnecessary force when installing any drive into the drive bay may result in damage to the drive.
  6. Connect the power cable (1) and data cable (2) to the rear of the drive.

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  7. If you are installing a new drive, connect the opposite end of the data cable to the appropriate system board connector.

    If you are installing a SATA optical drive, connect the first optical drive to the white SATA connector on the system board labeled SATA1. Connect a second optical drive to the next available (unpopulated) SATA connector following the numbered sequence of the connectors.

    If your are installing a media card reader, connect the USB cable to the USB system board connector labeled MEDIA. If the media card reader includes a 1394 port, connect the 1394 cable to the 1394 PCI card.

    Refer to System Board Drive Connections for an illustration of the system board drive connectors.

  8. Replace the front bezel and computer access panel.

  9. Reconnect the power cord and turn on the computer.

  10. Lock any security devices that were disengaged when the computer access panel was removed.

  11. Reconfigure the computer, if necessary.

Installing a 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive into an Internal Drive Bay

The system does not support Parallel ATA (PATA) hard drives.

Before you remove the old hard drive, be sure to back up the data from the old hard drive so that you can transfer the data to the new hard drive.

To install a hard drive in a 3.5-inch internal drive bay:

  1. Prepare the computer for disassembly (Preparation for Disassembly).

  2. Remove the computer access panel (Computer Access Panel).

  3. Install four 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws, two on each side of the drive.

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    The hard drive uses 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws. Eight extra guide screws are installed on the hard drive bracket under the access panel. The HP-supplied isolation mounting guide screws are silver and blue.

    If you are replacing a drive, transfer the guides screws from the old drive to the new one.

  4. Slide the hard drive down into the drive cage until it locks. The drivelock automatically secures the drive in the bay.

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    Make sure the guide screws line up with the guide slots in the drive cage. The use of unnecessary force when installing any drive into the drive bay may result in damage to the drive.
  5. Connect the power cable (1) and data cable (2) to the rear of the hard drive.

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  6. Connect the opposite end of the data cable to the appropriate system board connector.

    If your system has only one SATA hard drive, you must connect the hard drive data cable to the dark blue connector labeled SATA0 to avoid any hard drive performance problems. If you are adding a second hard drive, connect the data cable to the next available (unpopulated) SATA connector on the system board in the following order: SATA0, SATA1, SATA2, SATA3.
  7. Replace the computer access panel.

  8. Reconnect the power cord and turn on the computer.

  9. Lock any security devices that were disengaged when the computer access panel was removed.

  10. Reconfigure the computer, if necessary.

Removing and Replacing a Removable 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive

Some models are equipped with a Removable SATA Hard Drive Enclosure in the 5.25-inch external drive bay. The hard drive is housed in a carrier that can be quickly and easily removed from the drive bay. To remove and replace a drive in the carrier:

Before you remove the old hard drive, be sure to back up the data from the old hard drive so that you can transfer the data to the new hard drive.
  1. Unlock the hard drive carrier with the key provided and slide the carrier out of the enclosure.

  2. Remove the screw from the rear of the carrier (1) and slide the top cover off the carrier (2).

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  3. Remove the adhesive strip that secures the thermal sensor to the top of the hard drive (1) and move the thermal sensor away from the carrier (2).

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  4. Remove the four screws from the bottom of the hard drive carrier.

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  5. Slide the hard drive back to disconnect it from the carrier then lift it up and out of the carrier.

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  6. Place the new hard drive in the carrier then slide the hard drive back so that it seats in the SATA connector on the carrier's circuit board. Be sure the connector on the hard drive is pressed all the way into the connector on the carrier's circuit board.

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  7. Replace the four screws in the bottom of the carrier to hold the drive securely in place.

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  8. Place the thermal sensor on top of the hard drive in a position that does not cover the label (1) and attach the thermal sensor to the top of the hard drive with the adhesive strip (2).

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  9. Slide the cover on the carrier (1) and replace the screw on the rear of the carrier to secure the cover in place (2).

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  10. Slide the hard drive carrier into the enclosure on the computer and lock it with the key provided.

    The carrier must be locked for power to be supplied to the hard drive.

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