Your HP laptop might slow down or encounter certain problems due to hard drive issues after being used for a few months or years. To improve the performance, you might need to upgrade HP laptop hard drive. In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard provides you with a step-by-step guide on it.

Why do You Need to Upgrade HP Laptop Hard Drive

HP (Hewlett-Packard) Company is one of the most outstanding PC manufacturers in the world. Laptops produced by this company are used by plenty of users for their portability, the cutting-edge technology and high performance.

And it becomes necessary to replace the hard drive, the most important component in laptops, with a better one if it has been used for a long time. Here are three common reasons:

  • To get larger storage space.
  • To get faster speed.
  • To get rid of hard drive failure.

If you are clear that you need to replace your HP laptop hard drive with a better one, then you need to figure out how to choose the right one for yourself.

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How to Choose a Suitable Hard Drive for HP Laptop

As you know, there are two common types of hard drives, HDD and SSD. When you are looking for a disk for HP laptop to upgrade your old drive, you’d better choose SSD rather than HDD, as it offers higher performance (such as faster speed), smaller size and less noise. But if you just need larger space, HDD might also be a good choice.

Tip: To know more differences about the two types of disks, read the following article: SSD VS HDD: What’s Difference? Which One Should You Use in PC?

Besides, here are some other things you need to take into consideration. They have been listed in the following contents.

Physical Size and Interface

Firstly, you should check the physical specifications of the disk, to make sure that your computer has enough physical space for it and the interfaces of your laptop and the new hard disk are compatible. You can check your laptop manual or contact HP support to get the information you need.

Usually, a laptop requires M.2 drives and 2.5-inch drives. If your laptop is super slim, you need to choose M.2 SSD. And you also need to pay attention to the thickness.

Besides, you need to check the interfaces inside your HP laptop. The common SSD interfaces on the market are SATA, mSATA, PCL-E and NVMe.


Besides the physical specifications, you should also pick a disk with ideal performance according to your needs, including the capacity, rotational speed, read/write speed, cache, and shock and vibration resistance. You should read the product description of the hard drive carefully to get the detailed information about these features before you try to buy one.

Further Reading: Rotational Speed

One of the most important factors in the performance of a hard drive is the spindle speed, as it affects the data transfer rate. Simply put, it’s the speed at which the hard drive platters rotate. It is specified as revolutions per minute (RPM).

Generally, the hard drive with faster RPM has better performance. A drive with 5,400 RPM is fine for ordinary users. But if you need to deal with hardcore games and high-end multimedia, you might need a 7,200 RPM or even faster hard drive.

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How to Upgrade HP Laptop Hard Drive

Once you get the new disk, you can start upgrading your original HP laptop hard drive. It’s not difficult and you just need to take three moves: initialize the new disk; clone the original hard drive; remove the original hard drive and then install the new disk. Let’s do them step by step.

Move 1: Initialize the New Disk

As the disk is brand-new, you need to initialize it to MBR or GPT before you can use it. You can do this in Windows Disk Management.

Step 1: Connect the new disk to your laptop with a USB adapter.

Tip: If you don’t have a USB adapter, you need to buy one depending on the interface of your new disk. For example, if it’s a SATA SSD, you need to buy a USB-SATA adapter.

Step 2: Press Win + R to invoke Run window. Then input diskmgmt.msc and click OK to open Disk Management.

Step 3: Right-click your new disk in the window and select Initialize Disk.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, select MBR or GPT according to your needs and click OK. Then follow the onscreen instructions to finish the operation.

After initializing the disk, you can keep the new disk connected to your computer, and then go to Move 2 to clone all the data on your original hard drive to the new disk.

Move 2: Clone Your Old Hard Drive

To keep all the data on your old HP laptop hard drive and upgrade the hard drive with the new one without reinstalling Windows, you can clone the original hard drive with reliable third-party software.

Here I recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard. It’s a powerful disk manager, which can help you deal with various demands of the disk or partitions, including initializing/wiping/cloning disk, creating/resizing/deleting partition and so on.

For disk cloning, this manager provides two features: Migrate OS to SSD/HD and Copy Disk. If you want to know more about the Copy Disk feature, you can check the Copy Disk Wizard. And in the following contents, I will show how to clone your HP laptop hard drive using Migrate OS to SSD/HD.

Tip: If you lost data on your old hard drive due to hard drive failure or other factors, you can perform hard drive recovery and then follow the steps below to copy the data.

Step 1: Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard by clicking the button below.

Step 2: Launch the tool on your HP laptop. When you get into the interface, select your original hard drive and click Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard.

click Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard

Step 3: In the pop-up window, choose option A to move all the partitions on the selected disk so that you can remove the original HP laptop hard drive and install the new one without any data loss. Then click Next to continue.

select option A and click Next

Step 4: Select your new disk you have connected to your laptop as the destination disk to migrate OS to. Then click Next.

Step 5: In the following window, configure the Copy Options, Target Disk Layout and Change Selected Partition according to your needs. Then click Next.

modify copy options and disk layout

Step 6: Read the pop-up note which tells you how to boot from the new disk and click Finish.

Step 7: Click Apply to execute the pending operations when you get back to the main interface window.

click Apply

After finishing the cloning process, you can replace the old hard drive with the new one. Just go to the next Move.

Move 3: Remove HP Laptop Hard Drive and Install the New Disk

Now you have transferred all the data including the operating system to the new disk. All you need to do is to remove the original HP laptop hard drive and then install the now one.

Before you start the operation, you need to know that the detailed steps vary from the model to model of HP laptops. The method in the following contents applies to HP Pavilion dv6-7000/dv6-7100 and HP ENVY dv6-7200/dv6-7300 laptops. If you are using a different laptop, you should ask help for professionals to avoid any mistakes.

Now prepare a Phillips head screwdriver and follow the steps below to remove HP laptop hard drive and install the new disk.

Step 1: Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cable, and then wait for components to cool. To reduce the components damage due to electrostatic discharge, you’d better put the laptop to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a floor without carpet.

Tip: For your safety, you’re recommended to use an anti-static wrist strap and conductive foam pad during the process. Besides, please don’t slide your skin along any interior metal edge of the laptop, or you might get hurt.

Step 2: Remove the battery, and loosen the captive Phillips head screw that secures the service door to the base enclosure with the screwdriver. Then remove the service door.

Step 3: Slide the hard disk drive back and disconnect the hard drive cable from its connector. Then pull the drive with its carrier out of the laptop.

Step 4: Remove the four Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive to its carrier and then remove HP laptop hard drive.

Step 5: Then you can install the new hard drive for HP laptop by doing the reverse of how you removed the old one.

Tip: For more detailed steps or information, you can visit the official website of HP laptop support or check your laptop manual.

After installing the new hard drive for HP laptop, you can turn on your computer and boot from the new disk. Then check if it works properly with higher performance. Here is How to Measure Disk Performance Easily.

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Bottom Line

It’s common to see that HP laptop users want to get larger storage space or faster speed. Fortunately, you can achieve this goal by upgrading your hard drive to a better one. How to remove the old one and install the new one? You can check this post to get the answers.

If you have any ideas about this topic, you can leave a message in the comment zone below. If you encounter any problems while using MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can contact us via [email protected].

HP Laptop Hard Drive FAQ

Which hard disk is best for laptop?
If you’re looking for a new hard disk, you’d better choose one from the reliable manufacturers, including Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, etc. You can click here to get some recommended internal SSDs for laptop.
Where is hard drive on HP laptop?
The hard drive on HP laptop is installed inside the service door. If you want to remove HP laptop hard drive and install a new one, you need to shut down the computer, and remove the battery and service door. Then you can pull the hard drive carrier out and remove the hard drive. Be careful during the processes and don’t get hurt.
Can laptop hard disk be repaired?
Generally, there are two cases for laptop hard disk failure: logical errors and physical errors. For the former one, you can try fixing it with CHKDSK utility or a third-party tool. For the latter problem, you need to ask professional technicians for help.
How do I install an operating system on a new hard drive?
Here is a step-by-step guide on How to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive (with Pictures). You can refer to that post. By the way, you can also clone your old disk to the new hard drive with reliable third-party software. In this way, you can boot from the new hard drive without reinstalling the OS.
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