This is a really weird design, and I hope my info helps someone. One of my girlfriend’s friends brought me her old computer that used to run Windows 2000, and what it needed seemed to be pretty straightforward… back up the data on the drive and reinstall windows. I figured I could get it done relatively quickly. It turned out, however, to be quite frustrating.

The old HP Pavilion.

The old HP Pavilion.

Side Case Off...

Side Case Off...

Official HP Diagram!

Official HP Diagram!

So, I got the side of the case off, and couldn’t figure out how to get to the other side of the drive bays! I took the other side of the case off as well to no avail. After some hunting and pecking, a touch of swearing, and some perseverance, I came across a *single* thread buried deep in some google results. That thread lead me to this article on hp’s website, which easily explained how to get the drive bays out.

The Pesky Tab!

The Pesky Tab!

And The Drive's Out!

And The Drive's Out!

The Harddrive Is Huge!

The Harddrive Is Huge!

The part that wasn’t apparently clear to me (although I found that pesky tab right away) is that the whole set of drive bays slides out forward. FACEPALM! A quick glance at the instructions made the process inherently evident… and simple. So, to clarify, you undo the gold screw on top of the tab and the second screw on the harddrive cage, push outwards on the tab, and slide all of the drives out together as one piece. Don’t pull them out all the way yet, as all of the drives will still be attached unless you have unattached them… obviously. Boy, do I need a copy editor.

Anyways, this threw me off as it’s not a normal case design. But hey, how often do you see 5.25″ PATA drives? THEY’RE HUGE!
Mic-B