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Compaq 515 Notebook PC - Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk Drive

Introduction

This document is provided to assist in removing and replacing the hard disk drive for the Compaq 515 Notebook PC.

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Minimum skill level

The End User requires no hardware-specific training to replace the defective part. The End user should have familiarity with system hardware and software requiring repair.

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Tools required

Small, Phillips-head (P00 and P1) screwdrivers

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Parts required

NOTE: Part numbers are subject to change.

The replacement part number will vary depending on the hard disk drive that is being replaced. If a part is listed as "Yes" under "Requires Return" then the defective part needs to be returned to HP. Click here for more information on returning parts to HP .

Description
Part Number
Requires Return
For use only on computer models equipped with an AMD processor (includes hard drive connector & bracket):
500GB 5400 rpm HDD
538405-001 (Modified)
Yes
320GB 5400 rpm HDD
538404-001 (Modified)
Yes
250GB SATA hard drive - 7,200 rpm, 2.5-inch form factor, 9.5 mm thick
538972-001 (Modified)
Yes
160GB Serial-ATA hard disk drive - 7,200 rpm, 2.5-inch form factor, 9.5 mm height
455954-001 (Modified)
Yes
For use only on computer models equipped with an Intel processor (includes hard drive connector & bracket):
500GB SATA hard drive - 5,400 rpm,2.5-inch form factor, 9.5 mm height
538440-001 (Modified)
Yes
320GB SATA hard drive - 5,400 rpm, 2.5-inch form factor, 9.5 mm height
538439-001 (Modified)
Yes
250GB SATA hard drive - 5,400 rpm, 2.5-inch form factor, 9.5 mm height
538438-001 (Modified)
Yes
NOTE: For customers in countries/regions with RoHS legislation* (e.g. EU, China, etc.) restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical equipment. The use of the Original Spare part is regulated by RoHS legislation. If your unit contains a part that is labelled with the Modified Spare number, the Modified Spare must be ordered as the replacement part. If your unit contains a part that is labelled with the Original Spare number, please order the Original Spare as the replacement part. In this case either the Original Spare or the Modified Spare may be shipped which will not affect performance or functionality of the unit.

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Summary of instructions

To view a video demonstrating the procedure for removing the hard disk drive, click on the link below. Or use the product video listing on the HP Services Media Library, ( Click here to go to HP Service Media Library ) then select Hard disk drive from the menu on the upper left hand side of the screen.

Click here to view the hard disk drive removal video (right-click on the link to open in a new window/tab).

Hard disk drive removal

  1. Review the safety considerations before performing the steps listed below by clicking on the following link:

    Click here to view the precautions .

    CAUTION: Failure to comply with the precautions could result in damage to your product or loss of data.
  2. Remove the battery. Click here for instructions on how to remove the battery .

  3. Loosen the two captive P1 Phillips-head screws that secure the hard disk drive cover to the bottom of the notebook.

  4. Lift the hard disk drive cover and remove it.

  5. Loosen the captive P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the hard disk drive to the base enclosure.

  6. Grasp the Mylar tab and pull the hard disk drive from the system board connector.

  7. Lift the hard disk drive out of the drive bay.

  8. Place the hard disk drive in a static dissipative bag.

Hard disk drive replacement

  1. Remove the hard disk drive from the static dissipative bag.

  2. Place the hard disk drive into the drive bay and align it with the system board connector.

  3. Grasp the Mylar tab and slide the hard disk drive into the connector until it is firmly seated.

  4. Tighten the captive P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the hard disk drive to the base enclosure.

  5. Toe the hard disk drive cover into the base enclosure.

  6. Tighten the two captive P1 Phillips-head screws.

  7. Replace the battery. Click here for instructions on how to replace the battery .

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Parts return

If your part requires return then click on the appropriate link below:

Click here for the defective parts return procedure for US .

Click here for the defective parts return procedure for Europe .

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