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Compaq Hard Drive Installation Guides

Contura 430 Family

  • Unplug the AC Adapter.
  • Turn notebook upside down.
  • Locate the Hard Drive compartment, just right of the battery pack.
  • Remove battery pack.
  • Remove the 2 torx screws that is securing the Hard Drive.
  • Remove the Hard Drive cover.
  • Gently slide the Hard Drive out of the its compartment.
  • Gently slide in the new Hard Drive into the notebook, making sure that it is firmly connected.
  • Replace the Hard Drive cover.
  • Replace the 2 torx screws that were removed in step 5.
  • Replace the battery pack.

Armada 1100 Family

  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Remove the battery pack.
  • Remove all the Torx screws from the bottom of the notebook.
  • Turn the notebook right-side-up.
  • Carefully remove the entire keyboard from the notebook.
  • Remove the small Torx screw that mounts the hard drive in place.
  • Slide the hard drive back towards you and remove it from the notebook.
  • Remove the metal tray from the old hard drive and assemble it onto the new hard drive.
  • Slide the new hard drive back in the notebook.
  • Replace the small Torx screw that was removed in STEP #6.
  • Replace the keyboard, making sure that it is firmly connected.
  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Replace all the Torx screws that were removed in STEP #3.
  • Replace the battery pack.

Armada 1500 Family

  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Remove the battery pack and floppy drive.
  • Remove the 3 torx screws on the bottom of the notebook.
  • One screw is located on the center of the bottom half of the notebook, another screw is located where the battery and floppy drive bays are located. (All keyboard screws are labeled KYBD, for your convenience.
  • Turn the notebook right-side-up.
  • Raise the LCD.
  • Gently raise the keyboard, place it aside (note the keyboard ribbon is long enough and does not need to be disconnected).
  • Please note the hard drive is located on the right side of the notebook covered with a silver plated shield.
  • Remove the two torx screws located on the left and right side of the gray piece of plastic.
  • Lift up the piece of plastic.
  • Slide the hard drive out of it’s compartment.
  • Slide the new hard drive into the notebook, making sure that it is firmly connected.
  • Install the piece of plastic.
  • Replace the torx screws that were removed in STEP# 9.
  • Replace the keyboard back into its place.
  • Close the LCD.
  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Replace the 3 torx screws that were removed in STEP# 3.
  • Replace the battery pack, and floppy drive.

Armada 1700/1750 Family

  • Power off notebook and remove Battery Pack.
  • Turn notebook computer bottom side up and position it so that the front of the unit is toward you.
  • Locate Hard Drive compartment - front middle.
  • Remove the one-torx security screw that is securing the drive cover.
  • Slide the release latch toward the back of the computer. The cover lid springs open.
  • Slide the Hard Drive cover toward the front of the computer.
  • Lift the cover from the computer.
  • Disengage the Hard Drive from the connector by sliding the Hard Drive toward the front of the computer.
  • Using the lifting tab, remove the hard drive from the computer.
  • Reverse the above procedures to install the Hard Drive. Be sure to place the lifting tab inside the computer before replacing the cover.

Armada 4100 Family

  • Locate the hard drive compartment on the left side panel, next to the PCMCIA compartment.
  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Remove the 2 small Torx screws that are holding the hard drive in place, with a Torx-8 drive.
  • Slide the hard drive out of the notebook.
  • Slide the new hard drive back in the notebook.
  • Replace the 2 small Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #3.

Armada 7300 Family

  • Remove Battery Pack.
  • Locate Hard Drive compartment on the left hand side panel.
  • Turn Notebook upside down.
  • Remove the one torx screws that is securing the hard drive.
  • Turn Notebook over and release the Hard Drive compartment cover.
  • Slide the Hard Drive out of the compartment.
  • Remove the 4 torx screws that secure the tray to the hard drive.
  • Gently remove the tray from the old hard drive and assemble it onto the new hard drive.
  • Slide the new hard drive into the hard drive compartment.
  • Replace the torx screw that was removed in Step 4.

LTE 5000, Armada 7700

  • Locate the hard drive compartment door to the right of the floppy drive.
  • Slide the door release button down and swing the door open.
  • Lift the front of the computer up and slide the hard drive release button (on the bottom of the system)to the left and use the pull tab on the hard drive to slide it out of its compartment.
  • Slide the new hard drive all the way into the compartment.
  • Close the hard drive compartment door.

Armada E500

  • Shut down computer and remove Battery Pack.
  • Remove the security screw.
  • Slide the hard drive latch forward to open the hard drive compartment.
  • Remove the hard drive cover.
  • Pull the hard drive tab connected to the drive and remove the hard drive from the compartment.
  • Slide the new hard drive into the hard drive compartment. Be sure that the tab is connected to the hard drive faces from the computer.
  • Reinstall the hard drive cover.
  • Reinstall the security screw.
  • Replace the battery pack.

Armada E700

  • Shut down computer and remove Battery Pack.
  • Locate Hard Drive compartment on the left hand side panel.
  • Tilt the computer up, then slide the hard drive release latch toward the front of the computer while pulling on the center lower edge of the hard drive tray.
  • To remove the hard drive from the hard drive tray, gently pull the drive connectors through the opening in the rear of the tray, then lift the drive out of the tray.
  • Insert the new hard drive into the hard drive tray by tilting the hard drive, label side up, into the tray while guiding the drive connectors through the opening in the rear of the tray.
  • Slide the hard drive assembly into the hard drive bay until it is seated.

M300

  • Shut down the computer and remove Battery Pack and AC adapter.
  • Locate Hard Drive compartment on the left panel.
  • Turn Notebook upside down.
  • Remove the one Phillips screw that is securing the hard drive. It is located just underneath the picture of the lock.
  • Pull up on the front bezel.
  • Slide the hard drive out of the bay.
  • Remove the 4 screws that are securing the tray to the hard drive.
  • Gently remove the silver bracket and connector.
  • Place connector and bracket on new hard drive.
  • Place the four screws from step 7, to secure the hard drive to the tray.
  • Pull the bottom half of the bezel down.
  • Slide the hard drive into the bay until the connector is seated.
  • Push the front bezel down.
  • Secure the hard drive bay by replacing the screw from step 4.
  • Replace the battery pack and all cables.

Compaq® M700

  • Shut down the computer and remove Battery Pack and AC adapter.
  • Locate Hard Drive compartment on the front panel, just left of the head phone jack.
  • Turn Notebook upside down.
  • Remove the one torx screw that is securing the hard drive. (A security screwdriver was provided with the computer.)
  • Push down on the hard drive bezel on the front of the hard drive.
  • Lift the bezel up 90 degrees to create a handle. Pull the hard drive out of the hard drive bay.
  • Remove the 4 black screws at each corner and lift off the black tray.
  • Gently remove the silver bracket and connector.
  • Place connector on new hard drive.
  • Place the black tray on the HDD. When looking at the hard drive with the label up, the black bezel goes along the left side of the hard drive.
  • Replace the 4 black screws from step 7.
  • With the hard drive bezel pulled down, slide the hard drive into the hard drive bay.
  • Push up on the hard drive bezel to secure the hard drive in the bay.
  • Secure the hard drive bay by replacing the screw from step 4.
  • Replace the battery pack and all cables.

Presario 1000

  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Remove the three (torx) screws located on the edge of the Notebook
  • Turn the notebook right-side-up.
  • Slide the palm rest outward from the Notebook.
  • The hard drive is located on the left side of the Notebook.
  • Remove the (torx) screws that secure the hard drive bracket.
  • Carefully disconnect the hard drive, and remove the hard drive from the caddy.
  • Install new the new hard drive onto caddy, and connect the hard drive to the caddy.
  • Install the screws previously removed in step 6.
  • Slide the palm-rest back into place.
  • Replace the previously removed screws in step 2.

Presario 1200

  • Remove the battery cover and remove the battery
  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Remove the 4 Torx T-8 screws. 3 located towards the front of the computer and the 4th at the edge of the battery slot.
  • Turn the notebook right-side-up.
  • Lift the LCD to its upright position.
  • Carefully lift up the palmrest making sure not to tug on the mouse's ribbon cable and let it rest on the keyboard. WARNING! If you tug on the cable you will disconnect the mouse and it is NOT EASY to reconnect!
  • Remove the 4 Torx T-8 screws that mount the hard drive in place.
  • Gently lift the hard drive up a few inches and remove the ribbon cable attached to the hard drive.
  • Remove the 4 Torx T-8 screws that mount the hard drive to its bracket.
  • Remove the hard drive from its bracket.
  • Place the new hard drive into the bracket.
  • Attach the 4 Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #9.
  • Attach the hard drive ribbon cable to your new hard drive.
  • Seat the new hard drive into its compartment.
  • Replace the 4 Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #7.
  • Replace the palmrest, making sure it snaps down into place.
  • Lower the LCD.
  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Replace the 4 Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #3.
  • Replace the battery and cover.

Presario 1600

  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Remove the 3 Torx T-8 screws located towards the front of the computer.
  • Turn the notebook right-side-up.
  • Lift the LCD to its upright position.
  • Carefully lift up the palmrest making sure not to tug on the mouse's ribbon cable and let it rest on the keyboard. WARNING! If you tug on the cable you will disconnect the mouse and it is NOT EASY to reconnect!
  • Remove the 4 Torx T-8 screws that mount the hard drive in place.
  • Gently lift the hard drive up a few inches and remove the ribbon cable attached to the hard drive.
  • Remove the 4 Torx T-8 screws that mount the hard drive to its bracket.
  • Remove the hard drive from its bracket.
  • Place the new hard drive into the bracket.
  • Attach the 4 Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #8.
  • Attach the hard drive ribbon cable to your new hard drive.
  • Seat the new hard drive into its compartment.
  • Replace the 4 Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #6.
  • Replace the palmrest, making sure it snaps down into place.
  • Lower the LCD.
  • Turn the notebook upside-down.
  • Replace the 3 Torx T-8 screws that were removed in STEP #2.