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I need to remove my hard drive and don't have the instructions. It is Presario S5200 CL

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Here's an intro to computer dismantling / rebuilding :-)
1. Unplug the computer from the wall 2. Be sure you are not carrying a static charge (work in a place with no carpet, try not to wear wool while working on the computer, touch a grounded metal object like a faucet -- any static sparks can cause damage to your computer) 3. Open the computer case -- sometimes there are screws that you will have to take out, but most newer systems have a release lever to open the case. Some computers force you to unplug everything from the back to get the cover off the case others do not. Just make sure there is no power going to the system by removing the power plug. 4. Find the drive that you want to remove. Floppy drives / Zip drives / CD / DVD / Blue ray drives are easy to spot as they still look the same from the front. Hard crives are usually located below this, and tend to be a bit smaller in size than a CD drive (usually 3.5 inches wide). 5. Unplug the ribbon cable and power cables from the drive. Make sure that you pull the ribbon cable straight out (so you don't bend the pins) -- there is usually a small piece of plastic connected to the plug to help you remove it correctly -- pull the plastic, not the cable. Power wires inside computers tend to have a tab you have to push down to release the plug ... kinda like a phone cord, just push the tab and remove the cable. 6. Once the drive is totally unplugged, look for a couple of screws connecting it to the case -- a lot of newer systems use sliding components that latch instead of screws these days, so the drive might just slide right out without a problem, but if it does not then look for screws. 7. Once the drive is out, you can replace it by following these steps in reverse. Just remember to be careful to screw the drive in it there were screws, or make sure it latches if it slid out (if a drive is not attached properly to the case it can -- very rarely -- cause extra vibrations that can cause damage)
These directions should work for any drive in any computer. The components are all pretty much the same (though Compaq has a habit of making their drives and plugs different sizes than standard so you have to go through them for upgrades) Remember as you work that you should not force anything ... if a plug is not working with a minimum of pressure, make sure it is lined up exactly and try again. Bending pins on a drive will ruin the drive ... pushing too hard can even force the pins into the drive, also ruining the drive. Good luck!

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You can get your computer manual & user guides on HP Compaq website. Here's the download link for your manual:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=364168&lang=en&

Note: Just click on Compaq Presario S0000 / 8000 series User Guides. There's a step by step info how to remove computer parts.

Good luck,

Ryan

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Hi go to the following:

Compaq Presario CQ5000 Desktop PC series (discontinued) - HP
Compaq Presario Home Desktop PCs. Compaq Presario CQ5000 Desktop PC series ...
h10010.www1.hp.com/.../12454-12454-3329737-89304-89304-3884644.html

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