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Remove and Replace the External Hard Drive on HP OMEN 880 Gaming PC

This document applies to HP OMEN 880 Gaming PCs with external hard drive(s).
HP OMEN 880 Gaming PC
Before you begin
  • Have available a Phillips-head screwdriver.
  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Disconnect the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting. Before starting, power off the computer and wait for components to cool before starting these procedures.
  caution:
This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
  caution:
Procedures in this document are provided by HP for qualified service agents and as a courtesy to its customers. Servicing internal components increases the risk of damaging the computer which might not be covered under warranty. Understand the risk and refer to the product's warranty before attempting to service the computer.
Video overview
View the following video before using the steps in this article.
Removing the external hard drive
To remove the external hard drive, use the following instruction:.
  note:
Not all units will have external hard drive bays.
Step 1
Swing open the access door at the top of the unit for the drive you would like to remove.
Swinging open the access door
Step 2
Slide the drive locking latch down to the unlocked position.
Sliding the locking latch down
Step 3
Grasp the pull loop for the hard drive bracket and pull the drive bracket out of the unit.
Pulling the hard drive out by the loop
Step 4
To remove a 3.5 inch drive from the drive bracket, remove the four silver Philips #2 screws, two on each side, that secure the drive to the bracket.
Screw locations
Step 5
Pull the drive out of the bracket.
Pulling the drive out of the bracket
Replacing the external hard drive
Use the steps in this section to replace the external hard drive.
Step 1
Before installing a drive into the bracket, make sure each side hole of the bracket has a rubber grommet installed. Install a grommet into any hole that is missing a grommet.
Replacing a missing grommet
Step 2
To replace a 3.5 inch hard drive into the external hard drive bracket, place the drive in the bracket with the spindle side of the drive facing down.
Replacing the 3.5 inch hard drive into the external hard drive
Step 3
Secure the drive to the bracket with the four silver Philips #2 screws – two on each side of the bracket.
Screw locations
Step 4
Slide the drive bracket into its top external bay with the locking latch aligned to the top of the bay.
Sliding the drive bracket into its top external bay
Step 5
Slide the locking latch into the top locked position to secure the drive into its bay.
Sliding the locking latch into place
Step 6
Close the access door for the drive bay.
Closing the access door

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