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Remove and Replace the Internal Hard Drive(s) on the HP OMEN 880 Gaming PC

This document applies to HP OMEN 880 Gaming PCs.
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 internal hard drives
To remove the internal hard drives, use the following instructions:
Step 1
Remove the left side cover.
Removing the left side cover
Step 2
Detach the SATA power and data cables from the hard drive.
SATA power and data cables
Step 2a
If you are removing the hard drive from the bottom drive bay and there is a hard drive installed in the top drive bay, detach the top hard drive SATA data connector from the top drive...
Top hard drive SATA data connector
...for access to the bottom drive cables.
Bottom drive cables
Step 3
Find the tabs on the internal hard drive placeholder toward the center and slide the hard drive out of the unit.
Tabs to squeeze together
Step 4
Squeeze both of the tabs toward the center and slide the hard drive out of the unit.
Sliding the hard drive out
Step 5a
If you are removing a 3.5 inch internal hard drive, pull out on the sides of the internal hard drive placeholder until the drive can be pulled out of the placeholder.
Removing the 3.5 inch internal hard drive from the placeholder
Step 5b
If you are removing a 2.5 inch SSD internal hard drive...
Placeholder with a 2.5 inch hard drive
... detach the four Philips #2 screws securing the 2.5 inch drive to the internal hard drive placeholder.
Screw to detach to remove the 2.5 inch drive
Pull the drive out of the placeholder.
Pulling the drive out of the placeholder
Replacing the internal hard drives
Use the following instructions to replace the internal hard drives:
Step 1a
To install a 2.5 inch hard drive into the internal hard drive placeholder...
2.5 inch hard drive
..align the four screw holes on the drive with the four screw holes on the bottom of the internal hard drive placeholder....
Aligning the screw holes on the drive and the placeholder
... and secure the 2.5 inch hard drive to the placeholder with the four Philips #2 screws.
Securing the 2.5 inch drive with the four screws
Step 1b
When installing a 3.5 inch hard drive...
The 3.5 inch internal hard drive
...there are four attachment pins in rubber grommets on the internal hard drive placeholder that fit into side screw holes on the hard drive...
Some grommets might still be in place in the placeholder.
Pins in rubber grommets
Rubber grommet locations
Align the side drive holes on the hard drive into one side set of attachment pins, then pull out on the other side of the drive placeholder until the second set of pins can be inserted into their holes.
  note:
Make sure the connector edge of the drive is aligned to the tabs end of the internal hard drive placeholder.
Installing the 3.5 inch hard drive
Step 2
With either the 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch drive in the placeholder, you are ready to proceed.
Notice that the internal hard drive placeholder has a small tab on each side...
Small tabs on the placeholder
...that fits over the edge of a cutout inside the internal drive bay.
The cutouts on the inside of the internal drive bay
Step 3
To replace the internal hard drive placeholder, slide the placeholder into the bay until the tabs snap into place and the hard drive is secure.
  note:
The primary internal hard drive should always be installed in the bottom internal hard drive bay.
Replacing the hard drive and snapping it into place
Step 4
Replace the SATA power and data cables to the internal hard drive.
The SATA power and data cables
Step 5
Replace the SATA data connector to the upper hard drive if the connector was detached to access the bottom hard drive connectors.
SATA data connector to the upper hard drive
Step 6
Replace the left side cover.
Replacing the left side cover

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