Question about Compaq Presario SR1030NX (DW256A#ABA) PC Desktop

1 Answer

How do you get the hdd out of the case - Compaq Presario SR1030NX (DW256A#ABA) PC Desktop

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Compaq Master
  • 5,660 Answers

HP Support > Compaq Presario SR1030NX desktop computer> Main page,

Left-click on Manuals.

Left-click on - Parts Replacement Instructions, in the list.

This is a PDF file. Takes a few seconds to see the first page, and longer to fully download.
Let the file download all the way before looking through it. Watch the Download Progress Bar.

Top of the PDF file. (Top header)
Zoom In icon ( + )
Zoom Out icon ( - )

Use the Zoom Out icon to reduce the view size to 100 percent. (100%)
Go to Page 3.

You can go to Page 3, two different ways.

1) In the Top header is a page number box, to the right of the blue Down Arrow.
Place your mouse cursor in the box.
Left-click once.
Type 3
Press the Enter key.

2) Use the blue Down Arrow

Page 3 shows the Front Panel removed. (Also known as Front Bezel)

Go to Page 11.

A) Open the computer case. (Computer unplugged from power)

Observe Anti-Static Precautions!

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open, TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.
Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again.

B) Disconnect the IDE data cable from the harddrive. (The Data cable is also known as the Interface cable)
(IDE is also known as PATA. Parallel ATA)

Note that there is a Locating Lug on the IDE ribbon cable's connector.

In the photo the Locating Lug is on top. It's the two thin pieces of plastic on the top middle.
(For this design. Your Locating Lug design may differ)
The Locating Lug lines up with a Locating Slot, in the IDE connector on the motherboard.
Keeps Pin 1 lined up.

IF your IDE cable's connector DOES NOT have a Locating Lug.
There is a faint Red strip on one edge of the cable.
The faint Red stripe is on the side of the connector that Pin 1 is on.

[ The connector has 40 pins. One is blocked off }

The Red stripe of the cable goes towards the 4 power pins in the HarDDrive.
The four power pins in the Harddrive, that the standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable plugs into.

The above link also shows the standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, that has to be unplugged.
(Misnomered as Molex)

Note the rounded corners on the standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable's connector.
This is to correctly align the connector when plugging in.
Sometimes these babies are hard to disconnect.
You can CAREFULLY use a pair of pliers ON the connector, and gently wiggle it, as you pull out.
DO NOT pull on the wires!

Removing the Front Panel: (Also known as Front bezel)
Page 16

There are plastic tabs that protrude out from the Front Panel.
They are on the backside of the Front Panel.
They protrude through rectangular slots in the metal frame of the computer case.
Look through the open computer case, and look towards the Front Panel.

The plastic tabs have a hooked end. The tabs are pressed so that the hooked end will line up with the opening of the rectangular hole, in the metal frame of the computer case, then the Front panel can be eased forward.
The tabs may be pressed In towards the middle of the computer, or OUT.
Depends on which way the hooked faces.

There are TWO tabs at the Top of the Front Panel.
There is a tab on EACH side of the Front Panel, located down towards the middle.
The Illustration doesn't show it, but look for TWO more tabs down towards the bottom.

I suggest you ease the hooked ends of the tabs at the Top out, first.
Keeping the Front Panel's top eased out, go down to the Middle tabs.
Then finally go to the Bottom tabs. (IF present)

In the metal frame of the computer case, that lines up with the optical drive bays, and the harddrive bays, there is a metal locking tab.
It's made of spring steel.
Shaped sort of like a Triangle.

The side of the spring steel lock that faces the back of the computer, is gently eased out, and held.
Then the Harddrive can be slid Forward, and out of the computer case.

Sorry to be so lengthy.


Posted on Oct 09, 2010

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Oct 09, 2010

    In the Wikipedia link for IDE, I didn't get the photo of the IDE flat ribbon cable's connector, posted.
    Go to the photos at the Top Right.
    Left-click on the photo with the blue connector, that has a yellow flat ribbon cable



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Faulty circuit board of clickfree hard drive hd325. Where to find the board. Pls! Help!

This is en external HDD. This means, there's a HDD inside the package, and a small PCB (print with tiny ICs on it). If you're lucky, the PCB is defective, while the HDD is OK. In that case, you only need to look for another USB Harddisk enclosure for a 2.5 inch SATA harddisk. Maybe your local computer-store sell these casings, otherwise check internet (eBay for example)

To be sure it's either the HDD or the PCB, just open up the casing and remove the HDD. Insert this HDD into a PC, connecting it to the motherbord over a SATA-cable (and don't forget to use a powercable too).

If the HDD becomes visible under Windows or whateven operating System you use, than it's indeed the PCB, which is defective. If the HDD is not visible, maybe the HDD is defective. In such case, you can find at internet a new(er) HDD of identical make (brand / type HDD)

Oct 18, 2013 | ClickFree HD325 320 GB USB Hard Drive

1 Answer

How can I use a SATA HDD in a 7NF-RZ motherboard? What cables/adapters are required?

Hey there. To install SATA devices on any motherboard follow these steps:
1- Make sure your Motherboard supports SATA, a 7NF-RZ works fine.

2- Install the HDD on your case, usually you have to screw it in or if you have a newer case you can lock it in place with a latch.(The SATA slots on a case are usually above the optical drive slots).

3-If you have another HDD already installed, and you don't want the new HDD to have system files, make sure it's designation is set to Slave. To do this, remove the jumper on the HDD pins(a white plastic connector) with tweezers, and, according to your HDD specifications, move it up or down to Slave designation.

4-Use a SATA cable from your Power Supply and connect it to the HDD, then, use a SATA adaptor cable which should have come with your HDD and connect it to the HDD, then to your Motherboard SATA adaptor(these vary from motherboard to another, so use your Manual to specify where it is).

5-Boot up your computer, and enter BIOS. Usually press either F2,F5,F12 or Esc. After that go to Auto-Detect drivers. When you're done, Save & Exit.

You should have successfully installed your new HDD!

Aug 21, 2011 | Gigabyte 7NF-RZ (GA-7NF-RZ) Motherboard

1 Answer

I have got an 2.5 hdd external case that xp say's

hurm..i not sure..but you try change the case or converter first..

Aug 03, 2011 | Eforcity USB 20 25 HARD DRIVE SATA HDD...

1 Answer

How to remove hard drive?

Compaq's sometimes have some pretty weird cases and I believe that this an older system so the HDD should be secured by screws.

Here is the general steps to removing a HDD hope they can help you some

Make sure the computer is turned off

Removing the screws holding the side panel on the case and remove the side panel.

Now you should be able to see the HDD attached to a drive bay by screws

unplug the cords connected to the HDD and remove the screws holding it to the case

finally pull it out of the drive bay

hope this helps

May 12, 2011 | Compaq Presario 5695 PC Desktop

1 Answer

Samsung HDD does not get detected any more. I have very important data and want the data to be recovered at worst case. HDD is old one and makes strange sound when connected. Even if I connect it in...

Try to connect it as a master. Just connect this hdd only, so we can know if is detected in the bios. If yes then there's a possibility that you can recover your data. If you hear clicking noise/strange sounds then there's also a big chance that your hdd is broken. If it is detected in the bios, then remove it again and try using an external casing so you can put this hdd in it and connect it to your pc thru usb. I assume that your hdd is an ide and not sata since it's old as you say. Then to go to windows and see if your hdd in external casing is detected. Another option is that if it is detected in the bios, use a bootable cd with software apps for Hard disk tools like HDD Regenerator or HDAT2 to check and repair bad sectors on your hdd. Use this at your own risk and may destroy all data on your hard drive. If noe of this works, then you can assume that your HDD is not functioning anymore.

Nov 03, 2010 | Samsung Computers & Internet

1 Answer

2 sets purple hdd rails missing

I'm sorry Patrick but there seems to be some confusion here. FixYa is a website where you ask questions concerning various products, and we try to answer them.

FixYa is not directly involved with any manufacturer, and does not do warranty work, or provide parts.

Jul 31, 2009 | Chieftec CX-01B-B-SL-OP Mid-Tower Case

1 Answer

Hdd won't go into right size hdd enclosure case

Hi there

Sorry to say that you need to return your drive to your supplier !

you have purchased a Sata HDD and the one you require is an ide hdd


Al "alstech"

May 25, 2009 | i-rocks IR-9200 USB 2.0 2.5" HDD Enclosure...

2 Answers

I have a sony laptop that stopped working but my custermer would like to have some of the information off the hard drive is there some way I can do that

dear friend you can buy casing for laptop's hdd casing

just open the hdd and check whether it has abt 40 pins are oi has two connectors

if 40 pins, buy a casing for normal hdd

if two sockets you can just plug into any pc that has sata hdd support


Apr 10, 2009 | Sony (VGP-PRFE1) Docking Station for VAIO®...

1 Answer

Drive not recognized

there is a problem with the power supply of the hdd please let some technician check it if its giving the perfect output of power if yes PLEASE CHECK THE HDD IS WORKING FINE BY DIRECTLY CONNECTING THE HDD BY REMOVING FROM THE CASING IF IS FINE U SHOULD CHANGE THE HDD CASING OR REPIAR THE CIRCUIT BORD INSIDE THE CASE ...

Jan 04, 2009 | Acomdata (HD320UFAPE5-72) (HD320UFAPE572)...

1 Answer

How to open the case safely (without damaging it)?

Remove all screws from the enclosure, and then slide a then metal (non magnetic) slide to pop the clips off of the sides of the enclosure, lengthwise. You can do it without breaking the plastic

Jul 13, 2008 | Buffalo Technology MiniStation Turbo 120...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Compaq Presario SR1030NX (DW256A#ABA) PC Desktop Logo

78 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Compaq Computers & Internet Experts

pankaj rautela
pankaj rautela

Level 3 Expert

1252 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18424 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Are you a Compaq Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides