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Have an old (circa 1998) Compaq Presario 5030. The cd drive failed, the hard drive is attached to the top of cd drive. I can not remove the cd drive unless I can remove the hard drive. It is not screwed on there, I have no idea how it's connected, superglue perhaps? Compaq online chat is completely useless, they refer me to the online docs which show a completely different and new 5030. ANyone know if there's a trick to getting this off? I've actually solved the cd drive problem by removing the zip drive below it and putting a functioning cd drive in it's place. However, now I'm having problems installing XP on this (it used to have Windows 2003 server on it so I don't know why XP won't work). Anyway, I'd like to be able to remove the hard drive since it's good and 80gb. THis is a computer for my parents so don't really want to spend any money since I don't know how much they'll use it. I can put the hard drive in another system if I can get the dang thing out.
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This is not the unit I have, mine is a very old 5030. The cover doe snot slide off the side, it's one cover that fits around the entire unit.
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Do you have a serial number?

According to HP, the link I posted is what a Compaq Presario 5030 looks like.

This will help you identify your computer:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00004461&lc=en&cc=uk&jumpid=reg_R1002_UKEN&dest_page=product&rule=35113&dlc=zh-hant&product=92969

The 5030 referenced in my link includes details on how to upgrade from Windows 98, so it should be your model.  

Regardless of the case, it sounds like the HDD and CD ROM are in a drive cage that you must remove before you can take out either component.  Does the internal picture in my link differ considerably from your pc?



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This is NOT my unit. Yes, it differs considerably. There is no drive cage, two screws hold the cd drive in. It would normally then just slide out the front but because the hard drive is attached to the top of it it can not be slid out.
Here are photos of it:
http://picasaweb.google.com/dawnmpacheco/Computer
As you can see it is not the unit listed on the website but it is a Presario 5030, just a very old model. The hard drive is not screwed in. I can remove the power and data cable and the screws from the side of the cd drive and it will slide forward until of course the hard drive gets in the way.  Removing the front plastic cover of the unit still will not allow it to slide forward as the metal frame is in the way. I can not lift the cd drive up and out because the guides hold it in.
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OK. So apparently there are two models, both called Compaq Presario 5030...wierd.
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I can't imagine they would've glued it onto the cd drive but I can't figure out how else they could've done it. I'm also pretty sure this isn't the drive it came with since it's 80gb, don't think those were even available in '98 so at some point it had to have been changed.  I'll just keep messing with it.
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I got it, by brute force go the drives out then with a screw driver pried them apart enough to see they were stuck together with sticky-back tape, which probably melted together making it even stronger. Now we'll see if the hard drive still works!
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Ah yes, of course...sticky-back tape, that old pc tech standby!   Personally, I never go out on a job without a roll of adhesive tape in my toolbag...

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