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Replacing the Hard Drive in HP TouchSmart 610, 620 Series Desktop PCs

This document applies to HP Touch 610 and 620 all-in-one desktop computers.
HP Touch 610 or 620 all-in-one desktop computer
Use the steps in this document to help replace a hard drive in your computer. If you want to add a hard drive with more capacity (upgrade), know that you can upgrade to any sized hard drive that meets the connection type in your computer. Most often this is serial ATA (SATA or eSATA). Also know that there are formatting limitations that may be encountered for drives larger than 2 TB. To access all the data on drives larger than 2 TB format the drive using GPT or create multiple partitions smaller than 2 TB.

Before you begin

  • Turn off the computer and disconnect all cables.
  • Transfer the computer to a clean, flat, stable work surface over a noncarpeted floor. HP recommends that you put down a blanket, towel, or othersoft cloth to protect the screen from scratches or other damage.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards and other components. HP strongly recommends the use of an antistatic 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.
  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 article.

Removing the hard disk drive

Use these steps to remove the hard disk drive:
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Step 1
To remove the hard drive, first remove the USB dongle cap.
For instructions to remove the USB dongle cap, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Back Covers.
Removing the USB dongle cover
Step 2
Remove the right rear cap.
For instructions to remove the right rear cap, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Back Covers.
Removing the right rear cap
Step 3
Loosen the captive screw for the hard drive.
Loosening the screw
Step 4
Grasp the hard drive handle and pull the hard drive out to the side.
Pulling the hard drive to the side
Step 5
Lift the drive up and remove it from the computer.
Removing the hard drive from the computer
Step 6
If replacing the hard drive, detach the four screws on the cage – two on each side.
Removing the screws
Step 7
Slide the hard disk drive out of the cage.
Sliding the hard drive out of the cage

Replacing the hard disk drive

Use these steps to replace the hard disk drive:
Step 1
To replace the hard drive in the cage, slide the drive into the cage until the screw holes on the side of the drive and the cage align.
Aligning the hard drive in the cage
Step 2
Replace the four screws that fasten the hard drive in the cage.
Replacing the hard drive screws
Step 3
Find the four tabs on the underside of the drive cage.
Finding the four tabs on the drive cage
Step 4
Find the slots for the drive cage inside the computer.
Finding the slots in the computer
Step 5
Place the hard drive in the computer, aligning the tabs on the cage near the slots.
Aligning the tabs with the slots
Step 6
Slide the hard drive sideways until it is secure.
Sliding the hard drive to secure it
Step 7
Press the handle down into place.
Pressing down the handle
Step 8
Tighten the screw to secure the hard drive in the computer.
Tightening the screw
Step 9
Replace the right rear cap and the USB dongle cap.
  caution:
MBR or NTFS partitions are limited to 2 TB (without using dynamic disks and volume sets). If you are installing a hard drive that is 2 TB or greater, HP recommends formatting the drive using GPT partitions.
For instructions to replace the right rear cap and the USB dongle cap, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Back Covers.
Replacing the right rear cap

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