How to Remove the Adapter for an HP Compaq Nc6000 Hard Drive

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How to Remove the Adapter for an HP Compaq Nc6000 Hard Drive
Removing the hard drive adaptor requires a socket wrench and a 4-mm socket. (socket wrench image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

The HP Compaq NC6000 computer’s hard drive sits in an adaptor, which helps the drive fit properly in the hard drive slot. On three sides, the adaptor is a metal frame attached to the hard drive by a series of screws. On the side of the drive that connects to the computer’s system board, the hard drive’s adaptor plugs into the hard drive’s connector pins, facilitating the drive’s connection to the computer. Once you remove the hard drive from the computer and begin to separate it from the adaptor, avoid dropping or otherwise jarring the drive.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • 4-mm socket
  • Socket wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Disconnect the power cord from the computer. Turn the computer over and remove the battery by sliding the release latch while pulling the battery out.

  2. 2

    Position the computer’s rear panel so you are facing it. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the hard drive in its slot.

  3. 3

    Open the hard plastic flap covering the hard drive’s slot on the side of the computer. Pull on the Mylar tab on the hard drive to remove it from the computer.

  4. 4

    Remove the four screws, two on each side, that secure the hard drive to the adaptor. Use the socket wrench to remove the pins that secure the end of the hard drive to the adaptor.

  5. 5

    Separate the hard drive from the adaptor. Pull the connection adaptor off the end of the hard drive.

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