How to Upgrade a Compaq Presario 700 Hard Drive

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How to Upgrade a Compaq Presario 700 Hard Drive
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The Compaq Presario C700 is a Windows Vista-based laptop computer with a 15-inch screen and Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. Depending on the configuration, the Presario C700 features an 80, 120 or 160 GB hard drive. While this amount of storage is plenty for many users, you may quickly find yourself running out of space if you frequently download movies and music. You can upgrade the Presario C700 with a new SATA hard drive if you no longer have enough storage capacity to fit your needs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • 2.5-inch SATA notebook hard drive

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  1. 1

    Shut the Presario C700 down and close the lid. Remove the battery from its compartment, unplug all cables and place the computer facedown on a desk.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the two Phillips-head screws on the outside edge of the cover panel in the corner of the Presario C700. Lift the panel from the outside, swinging it up until the tabs on the inside of the cover are clear. Set the panel aside. The metal cage under the panel holds the hard drive.

  3. 3

    Push the hard-drive cage gently toward the outside of the computer to disengage the edge connectors of the hard drive. Lift the pull tab to remove the Presario C700 drive cage from the computer.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the two Phillips-head screws holding each side of the Presario C700 hard drive to the cage. Lift the drive out of the cage and replace it with the new hard drive, making sure that the edge connectors on the side of the drive face the open side of the cage. Replace the four screws.

  5. 5

    Lower the cage into the Presario C700 drive compartment, and push it toward the inside of the computer to engage the edge connectors.

  6. 6

    Hook the tabs on the side of the corner panel into the holes on the side of the Presario C700 drive compartment. Lower the panel back to its original position and tighten the Phillips-head screws.

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