Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:51 AM
Replacing the hard drive is easy, but restoring the OS may be more difficult (depending on what HP sends on the hard drive). HP has been good at providing detailed instructions on system recovery (IME) - but I've never received a hard drive from them.
Remove your battery and unplug the system from the wall
Unscrew the screws for the hard drive cover on the bottom of the case (usually marked with 3 or 4 overlapping circles near the screws)
Carefully remove the hard drive cover (it usually has little tips that hold it in place)
Most HP's have a black plastic tab that you can pull on to either lift the hard drive out - or to slide it away from the connectors and then lift it out.
The hard drive will be inside that "cage" - usually held in with 4 screws (2 on each side). There also may be a removable plastic connector over the pins on the hard drive where it slides into the receptacle in the case (compare the new hard drive to the old one to see if this is the case).
Remove the old hard drive from the cage and insert the new hard drive (being careful about static electricity)- then put it back in the case. Ensure that it's fully seated.
Close up the case, put the battery back in, and plug it into the wall.
Turn it on and see what happens....
If HP provided you with a drive with the OS preinstalled - it should guide you through the setup process.
If HP provided you with a bare drive (with no OS preinstalled) - you'll get some message about not being able to boot or no hard drive being recognized. At that point you'll have to insert your recovery/restore disk and reboot the computer to boot from the disk.
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