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How to Remove Old Drive from HP Desktop

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How to Remove Old Drive from HP Desktop

I upgraded the hard drive in my friend's computer but was unable to remove the old drive. At the moment, the new drive is sitting on top of the old one and isn't screwed in.

I could not figure out how to remove the old drive. Sliding it to the left doesn't work and sliding it to the right encounters obstructions. Does anyone have experience with this case?
It's a mystery to me. The photo says "Your Hard Drive" because it's a photo I sent to the owner asking if he knew how to remove the drive.


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Could come out from the front.
I've had a few machines where you had to remove the front panel.
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what is the exact model of the PC?

All Dell desktops i own are tooless.
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Guessing the back. just have to lift up the front and push down on the back.
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death_hawk wrote: Could come out from the front.
I've had a few machines where you had to remove the front panel.
Tried that. Didn't work in this case. (pardon the pun)
FrostyWinnipeg wrote: Guessing the back. just have to lift up the front and push down on the back.
I'll give it a shot today.

It isn't my PC so I don't have model number. However, it's an HP with an AMD processor. It says "Vision on the front". Inside, there is tons of space for peripherals and enough power connections to run a city.
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What kind of "obstructions" are you encountering ?

Now I know why it's so difficult to get it out coz that bay is not even originally for HDD. It was a floppy drive (or those HP mobile HDD) bay where the drive was supposed to be installed from the front ... Can you slowly slide it out from the front ?

This case should have a separate HDD drive cage ...

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Open the case from the other side. Maybe there is a screw on the other side. Harddrives and DVD-Rom drives have screws on both sides and it's not uncommon to put 1 screw in on the other side.
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In my old HP desktop, there was a tab at the base of the hard drive enclosure you had to push to free the hardrive caddy
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Well I tried manipulating the two levers and it seemed meaningless.

@willy,
I watched the video. That case is similar but it's not the same as the one posted in the OP. In that video, there's a separate enclosure for the hard drive. I'm pretty sure the old drive is installed where it's supposed to be.
I tried to get the drive out from the front first. It slides easily but there's a metal wall at the front of the hard drive enclosure that blocks it.

@gophia,
I'll take another look but I'm pretty sure there wasn't anything there on this one.

@ds2chan,
I couldn't find a screw on the other side.
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Phils wrote: Well I tried manipulating the two levers and it seemed meaningless.

@willy,
I watched the video. That case is similar but it's not the same as the one posted in the OP. In that video, there's a separate enclosure for the hard drive. I'm pretty sure the old drive is installed where it's supposed to be.
I tried to get the drive out from the front first. It slides easily but there's a metal wall at the front of the hard drive enclosure that blocks it.

@gophia,
I'll take another look but I'm pretty sure there wasn't anything there on this one.

@ds2chan,
I couldn't find a screw on the other side.
Do you think that metal mesh wall is removable? I have seen a case where there's a metal mesh there in the 5.25" bays but you have to twist them around to remove them. Since the HD is in the right slot I'm not holding my breath on this suggestion but just a thought.

I feel like there is just a little piece of metal holding the drive in place. It might be where one of the screw holes are on the HD. Take a look around and really concentrate on each area where there is a screw hole on the HD. Maybe you'll notice something. If not, then I saw leave it as is. It's probably not worth your time. Just screw the new HD in place and call it a day.
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It's really not worth my time in the sense that it's an 80GB drive with a lot of problems. It's just that the owner asked if he could get it back and it's a challenge and I feel like I should persevere.
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Phils wrote: It's really not worth my time in the sense that it's an 80GB drive with a lot of problems. It's just that the owner asked if he could get it back and it's a challenge and I feel like I should persevere.
Back up files to USB. nuke it and disconnect the cables to it.
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@mr_raider,
Sounds like a plan.

@FrostyWinnipeg,
Not a concern. Data had been harvested months ago by someone else. The cables were disconnected when I installed the new hard drive.
All I want to do is get the hardware out of there.
My friend would like to get his drive back but realistically, I don't know what he will ever do with it.
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Phils wrote: The cables were disconnected when I installed the new hard drive.
All I want to do is get the hardware out of there.
My friend would like to get his drive back but realistically, I don't know what he will ever do with it.
If new drive is installed, is it working/running?
Is there any problem leaving the old drive there? It is worthless. Why waste time?

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