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HP EliteBook 8440p Notebook PC - Removing and Replacing Hard Disk Drive


This document is provided to assist in removing and replacing the hard disk drive for the HP EliteBook 8440p Notebook PC.

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.

Tools required

Small, Phillips-head (P1) screwdrivers

Parts required

Part numbers are subject to change.
The replacement part number will vary depending on the hard 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.
Part Number
Requires Return
250GB 7200-rpm SATA hard drive
594044-001 (Modified)
320GB 7200-rpm SATA hard drive
594045-001 (Modified)
500GB 7200-rpm SATA hard drive (also used for optional upgrade bay hard drive
594046-001 (Modified)
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.

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:
    Failure to comply with the precautions could result in damage to your product or loss of data.
  2. Loosen the two captive P1 Phillips-head screws that secure the hard disk drive cover to the bottom of the notebook.
  3. Lift the hard disk drive cover and remove it.
  4. Loosen the captive P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the hard disk drive to the base enclosure.
  5. Grasp the Mylar tab that is attached to the hard disk drive bracket and slide the hard disk drive away from the hard disk drive connector on the system board.
  6. Remove the hard disk drive from the primary storage drive bay.
  7. 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. Toe the hard disk drive into the primary storage drive bay and align it with the system board connector.
  3. Press the hard disk drive into the connector on the system board 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 and lower it into position.
  6. Tighten the two captive P1 Phillips-head screws.

Parts return






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