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Unable to Remove Hard Drive Cage from Desktop computer(HP Pavilion p6620f)


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#1 KArthur92

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 05:20 AM

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I am trying to replace the hard drive on my desktop computer(HP Pavilion p6620f), but I am currently having trouble with removing the metal cage that encloses the hard drive. This is the recommended method of replacing the hard drive, according to these instructions: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/359309/Hp-Pavilion-P6230f.html?page=21#manual

 

I am stuck on step 13 from that manual in particular. I push down on the "#1" latch, and pull forward, but it's not sliding forward. I am unsure what I am doing wrong, but the thing is not moving. Additionally, I removed the motherboard to remove the screws on the side of the cage to remove the hard drive instead of the metal cage and I am also unable to remove the hard drive from the cage.  Do you guys have any idea what I may be doing wrong or just any method you have in mind to safely remove this thing? I attached a picture of what I am working with. Thank you

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:24 AM

Appears to me that you using the wrong manual, see Here .

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:40 AM

Ooh I did battle with one of these babies once, was a pain in the arse tooo


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 10:41 AM

Appears to me that you using the wrong manual, see Here .

 

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Thank you, but that manual seems to have identical instructions as the one I was using before for removing the hard drive.

 

Ooh I did battle with one of these babies once, was a pain in the arse tooo

 

Yeah, it seems to have a frustratingly poor design or I am just a retard.


Edited by KArthur92, 29 June 2016 - 10:44 AM.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:02 AM

On the bracket with the two screws (2) in image 13, I would give it a light tap with a hammer while pressing the latch. This may be enough to break it loose. 



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:40 AM

On the bracket with the two screws (2) in image 13, I would give it a light tap with a hammer while pressing the latch. This may be enough to break it loose. 

Thank you, but it didn't work. I am not sure how hard I am supposed to tap it with the hammer, but I would say I tapped it relatively hard, and it's still not budging.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:05 PM

If you tapped it relatively hard and it did not budge I would not go further. You may want to take it to a good computer shop and see how much they would charge to get it out. 

 

Edit: See this video. There seems to be two extra screws at the bottom of the cage.

 


Edited by JohnC_21, 29 June 2016 - 12:10 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:13 PM

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:21 PM

If you tapped it relatively hard and it did not budge I would not go further. You may want to take it to a good computer shop and see how much they would charge to get it out. 

 

Edit: See this video. There seems to be two extra screws at the bottom of the cage.

 

Bro, thanks so much for that video. Apparently, I am a retard. After a lot of force, I managed to take the thing out.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:04 PM

Your Welcome. So your cage had two extra screws at the bottom?


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:41 PM

Your Welcome. So your cage had two extra screws at the bottom?

No, I was just doing it incorrectly. The bottom of the metal cage has 4 latches and it connects to 4 empty slots at the bottom of the case. There were 2 extra screws on the side of the cage keeping the hard drive in place, however.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:52 PM

I'm sorry I wasn't able to get this up quick enough.  My knuckles will tell you all about those "Press down and slide forward" passages in the HP manuals.  A client bought dozens and wanted larger hard drives installed.  The cases were a solid 35 to 20 in the injury department.  Many bandaids and anti-biotic cream later, there was no easy solution.  Some required just a solid push on the tab, others, as revealed took substantial force to disengage the latch.  Reverse dis-assembly, approaching from the other side just complicates the matter.






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