If the DVD drive on your HP Pavilion series laptop is no longer working or you want to upgrade to a newer model that has faster burning speeds, you can replace the old drive with a new one. Although upgrading components on a laptop is generally a difficult task, the DVD drive is the easiest part to replace as it only requires the removal of a single screw.
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Things you need
Find and purchase a new DVD drive that is sized to fit inside laptop computers (see Resources).
Power off the HP Pavilion laptop completely and then close the screen lid. Pull out the power cable and other cords or devices you have connected to the laptop. Turn the entire laptop over so that the bottom of the case is facing upwards. Push down on the battery release latch with one hand and then pull the battery out of the case with your other hand.
Locate the screw holding the current DVD drive into place on the far left side of the case. Look slightly below and to the left of the battery release latch if you can't immediately find it. Remove the screw and set it aside.
Grab both ends of the DVD drive once the screw is removed and pull the entire drive out to the left. Remove it from the case and then disconnect the cable running from the drive to the laptop's motherboard.
Check the orientation of the replacement DVD drive and make sure you have it facing the correct direction. Connect the cable running from the motherboard to the port on the back of the DVD drive.
Slide the DVD drive back into the open area on the case and then reconnect the screw to hold it into place. Push the battery back into the case until the release latch clicks.
Flip the Pavilion laptop back over and open the lid. Power on the laptop and attempt to use the DVD drive to ensure it was installed properly.
Tips and warnings
- Briefly touch your hands to any metal object connected to the ground before removing the DVD drive to release any built-up static electricity in your body that could potentially damage the component.
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