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Compaq Presario 2700 Hard Drive Replacement

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I was wondering if anyone had any idea as to how to replace a HDD in a Compaq Presario 2700 series? I've replaced drives on Dells and IBMs in the past, but this one proves to be a little trickier. The HD seems to be under the ram modules, but there are no screws to loosen to access the slot?
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look harder friend. i am sure there is a way. does the drive have some plastic contraption on the side?
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Yeah, there is the plastic plate on the front with the icon denoting the slot of HDD and I can see the HDD from the empty battery slot, but there doesnt seem to be any screws or cages to loosen? Dells are much easier
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Bust out the BFH!!!
The way some of those POS prebuilt comps are some of the slot bays pull off and such.
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Bust out the BFH!!!
The way some of those POS prebuilt comps are some of the slot bays pull off and such.
Yeah, thats what I initially thought because other companies like IBM use the same modular bay system, but I feel like if I try pulling any harder the plastic front plate is gonna break off.
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usually OEM mfgs dont use screws or bolts for their drives. they utilize the latch on plastic retention modules. if i am correct, u will find either in black or green colour plastic modules on either side of the hard drive. u just need to grip them inwards (or outwards) and pull the drive out. its actually as simple as that. they put them in there right? so there will be a way out. but then there are some types where the retention is by way of retaining another component so u might have to remove that first. look for the plastic module first though.
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usually OEM mfgs dont use screws or bolts for their drives. they utilize the latch on plastic retention modules. if i am correct, u will find either in black or green colour plastic modules on either side of the hard drive. u just need to grip them inwards (or outwards) and pull the drive out. its actually as simple as that. they put them in there right? so there will be a way out. but then there are some types where the retention is by way of retaining another component so u might have to remove that first. look for the plastic module first though.
I don't see any retention modules anywhere. If you can picture this it might help: Flip the notebook over and directly front and center is the cover for the ram. To the left on the outside of the notebook is the battery bay and to the right is the NIC card cover. The hard drive plate and hd are located directly beneath the ram, but no retention modules or anything are present.

EDIT:This is proving to be a big pain!
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post #8 of 14
sorry mate. i was thinking all this time it was a computer u talking about. anyhow for the notebook there are two ways the hard drive is mounted. i know since i been working on several hp compaq notebooks for a bunch of years now. in any case, either u can remove it from the bottom and usually there is a correspondiong retention module either along the battery or a small switch on the ram module port itself.

either that or u would unfortunately have to remove the monitor and then remove the kboard and finally remove the hd. this are the 2 methods i know but i am sorry for confusing things earlier and for not being more help now.
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post #9 of 14
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Oh no problem, thanks for the advice. Im not seeing anything on the ram socket for releasing the hard drive, but how risky would the other method be. This laptop is a friend of mines and I dont want to compromise anything with it?
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well if u dont know what u r doing, u can break a few clips and then unfortunately u cant do anything about it other than asking for help from the mfg.
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