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How do I remove the hard drive from the computer tower?

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1st) HP Support > Removing and Installing Parts > HP Media Center 845n Desktop PC > How to > Installing or Replacing a Harddrive,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph03429&tmp_task=useCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=306210&lang=en

2nd) HP Support > HP Media Center 845n Desktop PC > Manuals,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=bph03429&product=306210&lang=en&

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HP Media Center Desktop PC's - (English) Hardware User Guide
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This is a PDF file download.
After you click ON the file name, it may take a few seconds before you see the first page.

It will take additional time for the file to fully download.
Let the file fully download before looking through it.

At the top of the PDF file is the page number box. It is to the Right of the blue down arrow.
Put your mouse cursor in the page number box.

Left-click once. Type 54, then press the Enter key.
(Fast way to get to Page 54)

Page 54 illustrates and details how to remove the Side Panel of your computer.
Page 60 starts detailing replacing drives, such as the Harddrive.

If you have trouble downloading, or cannot download, please state so in a Comment, and I will lead you step by step.

BEFORE you start!

Follow Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
{Motherboard, Ram Memory, Processor, just to name a few}

Computer unplugged from power, working on a table, computer case open; TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case, BEFORE you reach inside.

This action will relieve your body of Static.
Should you get up, and walk away in the middle of working on your computer, upon your return be SURE to touch the metal case again.

Better alternative is to buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap, and connect the alligator clip to the metal frame of the open computer case. (Unplugged from power)

Example of an ESD wrist strap,

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103245

Computer off, and unplugged from power, work on a table.
Suggest you unplug all cables to the computer tower.

After you remove the Side Panel, suggest you lay the computer on a towel, on the table, computer case side open, facing up.

Makes it much easier to access the internal parts of the computer.

May I ask why you are replacing the Harddrive?
(Post back in a Comment)

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First take both sides off tower then remove the screws holding the hard drive and then unplug wires and cables in the back of hard drive and pull out the back of the hard drive bay. Please leave feedback.

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