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Adding or Replacing a CD or DVD Drive in HP and Compaq Desktop PCs

This document pertains only to HP desktop computers with the following computer case:
Image of the computer

Before you begin

  • Find a flathead screwdriver.
  • Remove any disc from the disc drive.
  • Remove the Pocket Media Drive, if it is present.
  • Turn off the computer, and then disconnect all cables. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable before disconnecting the power cord.
  • Move 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:
The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
  caution:
This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a non-carpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this document.

Removing a CD or DVD drive

Use the steps in this section to remove a CD or DVD drive so that an empty bay can be used to install a new drive.
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1
Remove the side panel.
For more information about removing the side panel, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case.
Image of removing the side panel
Step 2
Remove the front panel.
For more information about removing the front panel, refer to the HP support document Removing the Front Cover.
Image of lifting the front panel from the computer
Step 3
Find the drive bay and drive latch for the drive you want to replace.
Image of the two drive bays and the drive latch for each
Step 4
Pull out the optical drive latch (1), and then swing it to the left until it is in the center position (2).
Image of moving the drive latch for the top drive
Step 5
Push the drive partway out through the front of the computer.
Image of pushing the drive out partway
Step 6
Find the power and data cables at the back of the drive.
Connectors on the drive cables are keyed and can be inserted only when aligned properly to the connector on the drive.
In addition, some connectors, such a SATA connectors, have a latch that must be pressed to release the cable connector from the socket.
Figure : Connectors with latch (SATA and power)
Animated image of pressing the release latches on SATA power and data plugs
Step 7
Disconnect the power and data cables from the back of the drive:
Figure : Connectors with latch (SATA and power)
Step 8
Pull the drive out through the front of the computer
Image of pulling out the drive through the front of the computer

Installing a CD or DVD drive

Use the steps in this section to install a new CD or DVD drive into an empty drive bay.
Step 1
To install a new CD or DVD drive in a previously unused drive bay, first remove the EMF shield, which is a breakaway metal plate, from the front of the computer.
note:
If it helps, remove the adjacent CD or DVD drive before removing the plate.
Image of the EMF shield on the front of the computer
Pry off the metal plate by using pliers or a flathead screwdriver.
Image of prying off the plate by using a screwdriver
Step 2
When installing a PATA optical drive, set the new drive you are installing to CS (cable select).
Image of a PATA drive set to CS
Step 3
Insert the drive partway into the empty computer bay.
Image of inserting the drive partway into the computer bay
Step 4
Connect the data and power cables to the back of the drive by pressing each plug onto the connector. If an additional drive was added, connect the other end of the data cable to the motherboard.
Step 5
Pull out the optical drive latch (1), swing it to the right (2), and then...
...release the latch into the hole labeled 2 on the computer.
Animated image of moving the latch for the top optical drive to the position labeled 2 on the computer
Step 6
Push the drive completely into the computer, until the optical drive latch locks it into place in the hole labeled 2 on the computer.
Image of pushing the drive into the computer with the latch in the hole labeled 2 on the computer
Step 7
Replace the front panel.
For more information, refer to the HP support document Removing the Front Cover.
Image of swinging the right side of the front panel toward the computer
Step 8
Replace the right side panel.
For more information, refer to the HP support document Opening the PC Case.
Image of sliding the side panel toward the front of the computer
Step 9
Reconnect the cables, and turn on the computer.
If you added a drive and are using Windows, wait until Windows fully opens, finds, and configures the new drive.

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