It can be frustrating to have a laptop that operates very slowly. Several factors can contribute to a lag-heavy laptop, including an inadequate amount of RAM. But hard drive issues can be a cause of slow computing as well.
An SSD is going to help your laptop run much faster than an old-fashioned HDD. And if your hard drive has been damaged or corrupted, this can lead to significantly slower operating capacity in your laptop.
All of this means that changing your hard drive can be a big help to you. You might consider giving your laptop to a repair technician for the replacement process. But this is unnecessary in a lot of ways.
- Firstly, this is a task that you can accomplish on your own fairly easily. You just need a little bit of knowledge about how you can remove the hard drive.
- After the removal, putting a new hard drive in would be simple, to say the least.
- You would just need to slot it into the jack that the previous hard drive has been removed from.
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Steps for Removing Hard Drive
Below I have outlined 4 steps to removing the hard drive from your HP laptop.
Step 1 – Take Out the Battery
It is important to take the battery out before proceeding. Because you need to drain the laptop of charge to prevent an electric shock. To do this, start by turning your laptop upside-down. There will be a black panel on one side of the laptop. This is where the battery is located.
Before removing the battery, you must first unlock it if you have an older model. There is a switch with a lock icon underneath the battery. Make sure that it is pushed to the right. This will reveal an unlocked padlock image under the switch.
Which means that your battery is now unlocked. Now all you need to do is slide the switch on the other side to the right. This will release the battery from its compartment.
Step 2 – Remove Base/Service Door
This step differs based on what model you have. If you have an older model, you would need to take out all of the screws from the base. Use a Philips screwdriver for this task. There will be 20 screws in total. But two of them will be covered by a sticker.
So you should remove these stickers before getting to work. After this, remove the corner covers to find four more screws. Once you remove them, the base should come right off.
If you notice your screws have been stripped then check out our article on how to remove stripped screws of a laptop.
With newer models, you wouldn’t need to remove the entire base. Instead, you can just remove the service door. Which is a Z-shaped panel in the center of the rear base. Unscrew the screws that are holding the service door in place.
Then use the same switch that you used to release the battery. This will push the service door out. And you can access the components that are underneath.
Step 3 (OLDER MODELS ONLY) – Extract CD Drive and Remove Face Plate
If you use an older model, you would need to take the CD drive out. Those that have a newer model with a service door should skip to Step 4.
Press down on the button that you use to eject the drive. Pull the CD drive while holding the button down.
Next, you must take off the faceplate.
Which is the plastic cover on the front of your laptop. In other words, it’s where the keyboard is. Now that the screws are removed, removing the faceplate should be easy. You need something that can slide between the grooves.
Be gentle because you can scratch and scuff the faceplate if you’re not careful.
You need a thin, flat object for this. A small flat-headed screwdriver can work well.
Slip it between the grooves and gently apply upward pressure. The faceplate should start popping out. Be wary of excessive pressure, as this could cause the faceplate to break.
Pop the faceplate out from all sides and then dig your nails under it to pull it out. You will now see all of the internal components of your laptop.
Step 4 – Take Out Hard Drive
We will first talk about removing a hard drive from a newer model. The hard disk will have two screws holding it in place. Take these out first. Make sure you don’t throw them away. They could come in handy when you are putting your new hard drive in. Either way, you would need them to reinstall your initial hard drive if that is what you prefer.
Next, slide the hard drive away from the connector terminal. Disconnect it from the black fabric-covered cable. The hard drive’s connector should stay in place. Now you must pull the tab on the hard drive carrier and take the hard drive out of its fixture. To remove it from the carrier, take out the screws.
Congratulations, you have just taken a hard drive out all by yourself!
Things won’t be overly complicated with older models. All the difficult steps have already been completed. It’s easier to remove hard drives in these older laptops. You should see the hard drive in the bottom left corner. It will be next to the RAM.
To remove it, pull at the connector. It will be connected to a ribbon instead of a cable. And ribbons are a lot more fragile. So you should make sure you don’t apply any pressure to it at all. And there you have it, you have successfully removed the hard drive and you can replace it by following these same steps but in the opposite direction.
Can I Remove the Hard Drive Myself?
There is nothing to worry about when removing a hard drive as long as you are careful. Laptops are built to be easily disassembled for repair and maintenance, and they have a clear path to follow to take out any components. The only things you need to be careful about are the ribbons and cables, as they can be delicate and would break if you apply excessive force.
What Tools Do I Need to Remove the Hard Drive?
A Philips screwdriver is a must-have, but it needs to have a small enough head otherwise you might damage the screws on the baseplate. You will also need a flat-headed screwdriver with a small head. It can help you get between the grooves and pop your laptop’s front plate open.
Why Should I Remove My Hard Drive?
You will need to replace your hard drive if it has corrupted data or too many bad sectors. Removing the old drive is essential before you can add the replacement. Doing this yourself can save you a lot of money because it is an easy task, and hiring someone to do it would be unnecessarily expensive.