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Replacing a Hard Drive in HP Pavilion 500 Desktop PCs

This document applies to HP Pavilion 500 desktop computers.
 HP Pavilion 500 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

  • You need a flathead 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.
  • To add an additional Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive, an additional SATA data cable is required.
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.

Video overview

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If you are adding an additional hard drive

When adding a hard drive, it is important to identify the connectors on the motherboard.
The hard drive connectors on the motherboard must match the type of hard drive you want to connect. If your motherboard has SATA data connectors and one is not in use, you can attach an additional SATA hard drive. If your motherboard has an IDE connector available, you can attach an IDE hard drive.
If you want to install an IDE hard drive to a motherboard that has only SATA data connectors, a third-party adapter is necessary.
    Figure : Motherboard with IDE and SATA data connectors
    Motherboard with SATA and IDE connectors
  1. IDE connectors
  2. SATA data connectors
    Figure : Example of SATA connections
    Hard drives with SATA data cables and connections
  1. Power cable
  2. SATA data cable
    Figure : Example of an IDE connection
    Hard drive with IDE data cable and connection
  1. IDE data cable
  2. Power cable

Removing the hard drive

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 Removing and Replacing the Side Panel.
Removing the side panel
Step 2
Remove the front bezel.
Rotating the bezel off the computer
Step 3
Locate the hard disk drive inside the computer.
Locating the hard disk drive
Step 4
The power and data cable connectors each have a latch that must be squeezed to release the connector.
Press the connector latches and...
Pressing the connector latches on the power cable and data cables
... remove the power cable and the data cable from the hard drive.
Power and data cables
Step 5
Remove the four torx head screws that secure the hard drive in the computer.
Removing the screws
Step 6
Slide the hard drive into the center of the computer...
Sliding the drive in the center
...and remove it from the computer.
Removing the drive from the computer

Installing a hard drive

Use the steps in this section to replace a hard drive or add an expansion hard drive.
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.
Step 1
To replace the hard drive, slide the hard drive into the drive bay...
Sliding in the drive
... until the screws on the bottom of the drive align with the screw holes stenciled with the letter A.
Aligning  the drive
Step 2
Secure the hard drive to the computer with four torx head screws.
Replacing the screws
Step 3
Replace the power and data connectors to the hard drive.
Power and data cables
Step 4
Replace the front bezel.
Replacing the  front bezel
Step 5
Replace the side panel.
For more information about replacing the side panel, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Side Panel.
Replacing the side panel






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