A computer's hard drive is its long-term memory. This is where the computer stores all data files, including those for the operating system, any installed programs and user created files. If your HP G7000 laptop computer's hard drive is dead or dying, you must replace it to continue using the computer. HP designed the computer to make accessing the hard drive easy and replacing it should take you less than 30 minutes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Small, Phillips screwdriver
Ensure the computer is turned off and disconnect the external power adaptor. If there are external peripheral devices connected to the computer disconnect them.
Lay the computer on a table facedown with the front edge closest to you.
Move the battery release latch to the left as you lift the rear edge of the battery up and rotate it to the rear out of the battery bay.
Use a small Phillips screwdriver to loosen the two screws that secure the hard drive compartment cover and lift the cover off the computer base. The hard drive compartment is located in the front-left corner of the computer case.
Grasp the tab on the hard drive, lift it up slightly and slide it to the left out of the bay.
Remove the two screws on each side of the hard drive that attach the bracket and remove the bracket by lifting it up off the hard drive. Attach the bracket to the new hard drive.
Slide the new hard drive from left to right into the drive bay to attach it to the system board. Ensure the drive is flat against the bottom of the case. Replace the cover and tighten the two screws.
Replace the battery. Reinstall an operating system and any necessary programs.
Tips and warnings
- Once you replace your hard drive there will be no operating system installed. Make sure you have an operating system installation disk available.
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