How to Remove Internal Hard Drive From a HP 2510P

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How to Remove Internal Hard Drive From a HP 2510P
Removing an old hard drive lets you install an upgraded one. (hard drive internals image by BigDog from

When your HP 2510P laptop comes from the factory, it has the option to include an internal hard drive ranging from 60 to 120 gigabytes in size. Depending on the type of data you store, such as large audio or video files, you may quickly run out of space and need additional room. Rather than scrapping your important files in the recycle bin, it only takes a few minutes to remove the hard drive and swap it out with a new one.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Access the HP 2510P's "Start" menu and click "Shut Down." Wait for the operating system to finish shutting down and close the 2510P's display. Disconnect the power adaptor cable from the side of the laptop.

  2. 2

    Turn the HP 2510P over so the battery pack and bottom end of the case are visible. Locate the two square black battery release latches and the top-right and top-left ends of the laptop.

  3. 3

    Slide the two latches to the left and right sides and pull the battery pack out of your HP 2510P. Locate the two Phillips style screws at the bottom-right end of the case that hold the square plastic hard drive cover to the laptop.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver and set them aside in a container. Pull up the top edge of the plastic hard drive cover. Set the cover aside to reveal the HP 2510P's hard drive.

  5. 5

    Locate the thin metal bracket at the top of the rectangular hard drive unit. Remove the two Phillips screws holding the bracket in place and pull the bracket off the hard drive.

  6. 6

    Disconnect the cable positioned at the left side of the hard drive. Pull the hard drive directly up to remove it from the HP 2510P's motherboard.

Tips and warnings

  • PATA hard drives for the HP 2510P are found online at laptop parts websites or through HP's parts store.
  • If you have any data on the old hard drive you want to keep, such as text documents or images, you will need to store it on an external device prior to removing the hard drive. Plug a USB memory stick in your HP 2510P's USB drive and choose the "Open a folder to view files" option at the prompt. Drag the data you want to save directly into the window and close the window when you are done. Remove the USB drive prior to removing the old hard drive.

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