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

This document applies to HP and Compaq desktop computers with Windows 95, 98, Me, and XP.
This document provides step-by-step instructions to install, remove, or replace an IDE CD or DVD drive. The document also provides instructions for replacing an IDE drive with a Serial ATA (SATA) drive.
Print this document for reference after the computer is restarted or when an Internet connection is not available.
HP cannot be held liable for damage resulting from incorrect installation of software or parts, or the installation of parts or software that were not supplied by HP.
The images in this document might be different from the computer you are using.

Before you begin

  • You need a Phillips screwdriver, a medium flat-blade screwdriver, and a flashlight.
  • HP strongly recommends using an antistatic wrist strap and a conductive foam pad.
  • Find a clear, flat, stable work surface over a floor that is not carpeted.
  • If you are adding a drive to a computer that already has a CD or DVD drive, you might need an IDE cable with three connectors. Some computers use IDE cables with only two connectors, one for the motherboard connection and one for the drive.
  • If you are replacing an IDE drive with a Serial ATA (SATA) drive, you may need a PCI SATA controller card or a SATA to IDE adapter.

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this article.
Your computer case is probably different than the computer in the video.

Step 1: Removing the drive from Device Manager

If you are replacing an existing drive, before removing the hardware, remove the drive from Device Manager.
Use one of the following methods, depending on the version of Windows on your computer.

Step 2: Opening the case

Use the following steps to open the case:
The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
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.
  1. Unplug all cables from the back of the computer except the power cable. Write down each cable location as you remove it.
  2. Unplug the power cable. With the power cable removed, press the Power button on the front of the computer.
  3. Remove the screws that attach the side panel to the computer. Do not remove any other screws on the back of the computer, such as the power supply screws.
    Figure : Removing the side panel screws
    Removing the side panel screws
  4. Slide the left panel towards the back of the computer to remove it.
    Figure : Removing the side panel
    Removing the side panel
  5. If the front of the case prevents you from removing the drive, remove the front cover. You might need to remove the other side panel to access the front cover.
    Press in on the tabs attaching the front cover (three or four on each side), and gently pull it forward. Carefully remove any cables attached to the front cover.
    Figure : Removing the front cover
    Removing the front cover

Step 3: Removing the CD or DVD Drive

The following steps explain how to remove a drive you want to replace or upgrade. Skip to Step 4 if you are adding a new drive without removing an existing drive.
  1. Find the CD or DVD drive you want to replace, probably in a top bay towards the front of the computer.
  2. Disconnect the power cable and IDE interface cable from the back of the drive. Remember where each cable and connector goes because you must reconnect them to the new drive.
    Figure : Removing the drive cables
    Removing the cables
    There might also be a small audio cable connected to the drive. Detach this cable from the back of the drive.
  3. If the drive is attached to the case with screws, remove all screws on each side of the drive. Keep the screws because you will need them later.
    Figure : Removing the screws
    Removing the screws
  4. Slide the drive forward through the front of the computer and remove it.
    Figure : Removing the drive
    Removing the drive

Step 4: Installing a new drive

Use the following steps to install a new drive into the computer:
  1. If the drive bay is covered by a bay insert, remove the bay insert using the following instructions:
    1. Slide the tip of a flat blade screwdriver in between the side of the bay insert and the body of the computer.
    2. Using the screwdriver, apply light pressure to one side of the bay insert while pulling it out slightly.
    3. Do the same thing on the other side, and remove the bay insert.
      Figure : Removing the bay insert
      Removing the bay insert
  2. Align the new drive in the bay opening and slide it in until it is even with the front of the computer, aligning the screw holes in the drive with the holes in the computer. If the drive attaches to the computer with a plastic latch, snap and lock it into place.
    Figure : Aligning the holes
    Aligning the holes
  3. If the drive is attached using screws, attach the drive to the drive bay using all the screws. CD and DVD drives are susceptible to vibration so it is important to seat all screws snugly against the metal drive bay.
    Figure : Attaching the drive
    Drive screws
Follow the instructions for the type of drive you are installing.

Step 5: Replacing the covers

  1. If the front cover was removed, connect any cables to the front cover, and align the tabs on the front cover with the holes in the front of the computer. Snap the front cover into place.
    Figure : Aligning the front cover
    Aligning the front cover
  2. Replace a side panel by matching the side panel tabs with the tab openings in the case.
    Figure : Matching the side panel tabs
     Matching the side panel tabs
  3. Insert the side panel and slide it forward.
    Figure : Replacing the side panel
    Replacing the side panel
  4. Fasten the screws to secure the side panel. Repeat for the other panel.
    Figure : Securing the side panel
    Securing the side panel

Step 6: Installing drivers for the new drive

  1. Connect all cables and turn on the computer.
    Windows opens and finds the new hardware.
  2. If a new drive was installed, see the instructions that came with the drive.
  3. If a window displays requesting help finding particular files, browse the following folders, one at a time, until the lost file is found:
    • C:\i386
    • C:\Windows\inf
    • C:\Windows\options\cabs
    • C:\Windows\system
    • C:\Windows\system32
  4. Restart the computer and test the new drive.
If a CD-RW or DVD-RW drive is installed, the computer might recognize it as a CD-ROM drive until CD writing software is installed.






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