[Stepwise Guide] to HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC SSD Upgrade

Want to upgrade hard drive on your HP Pavilion 15 Laptop PC? Read this article to get a stepwise guide.

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By Lily Updated on February 22, 2023

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Is HP Pavilion 15 upgradable?

HP Pavilion line has always represented HP's consumer mid-range marque, and Pavilion 15 slots right in. Many of the models of this brand are built for gaming. You can experience a boost in performance with up to 32GB of upgradable, speedy high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM. Besides, you can choose up to 512GB of SSD storage or up to 1TB of HDD space to get fast read/write speed and high storage volume.

The components that can be replaced or upgraded for this notebook include the battery, memory, M.2 SSD, 2.5-inch hard disk, wireless network card, and CPU fan.

HP Pavilion 15

How to perform HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC SSD upgrade

Here I’ll take HP Gaming Pavilion 15-cx0056wm as an example and show you how to upgrade 2.5-inch SATA HDD with SSD step by step. Before you start, you should check your HP Pavilion 15 SSD compatibility and choose a suitable SSD for your laptop.

Clone HDD to SSD via powerful disk cloning software

If you don’t want to reinstall OS and all your applications after hard drive replacement, you can transfer everything from HDD to SSD with specialized disk cloning software, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional. It offers you full clone solutions:

 Clone Types: you can choose Disk Clone to copy an entire disk to another or Partition Clone to copy a specified partition. You can also migrate only OS to SSD via System Clone.
 Clone Methods: the program is embedded with the Intelligent Sector Clone method and Sector By Sector Clone method. The first method will clone only the used part of the source disk while the second method will clone both the used and unused part.
 Supported Devices: various disk types are supported, such as SATA HDD/SSD, M.2 SSD, NVMe SSD, etc. Also, it supports almost all common disk brands, like Samsung, WD, Crucial, Seagate and so on.
 Supported OS: the program runs well on all editions of Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

Download AOMEI Backupper now and use the following steps to perform HP Pavilion 15 cx0056wm SSD upgrade.

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  1. Connect the new SSD to your HP Pavilion laptop via a SATA-to-USB adapter. Backup files on the target SSD if it is not empty.
  2. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Then click Clone and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

  1. Select the old HDD as the source disk and the new SSD as the destination disk in order.

Source Disk

  1. Check SSD Alignment to optimize the destination SSD performance. Then click Start Clone to begin moving data from HDD to SSD.

Start Clone

  1. When the cloning process is done, disconnect the target SSD from your computer.

Preparations for hard drive replacement

Before removing the old hard drive, follow these steps:

  1. Shut down the computer. If you are unsure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on, and then shut it down through the operating system.
  2. Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.
  3. Disconnect the power from the computer by first unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet and then unplugging the AC adapter from the computer.
  4. Remove the bottom cover.
  • Position the computer upside down with the back toward you.
  • Remove the six Phillips M2.0×13.0 screws on the top half of the bottom cover.
  • Remove the three Phillips M2.0×5.0 screws along the bottom of the bottom cover.
  • Using a non-marking tool, start prying near the middle of the computer near the display and work around to separate the bottom cover from computer, and then remove the bottom cover.

Remove Bottom Cover

  1. Remove the battery.
  • Remove the three Phillips PM2.0×5.0 screws that secure the battery to the computer.
  • Lift the battery up near the connector, and then remove the battery from the computer.

Remove Battery

Replace HDD with SSD on HP Gaming Pavilion 15-cx0056wm

Now you can remove the old HDD and install the new SSD.

  1. Lift the hard drive ZIF connector, and then disconnect the hard drive cable from the system board.
  2. Remove the four Phillips M2.0×5.0 screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.
  3. Remove the hard drive from the computer.

Remove Hard Drive

  1. To remove the hard drive bracket and connector, pull the connector away from the hard drive.
  2. Remove the four Phillips M3.0×3.0 screws that secure the bracket to the hard drive.
  3. Pull the bracket away from the sides of the hard drive to remove it.

Remove Bracket

  1. Reverse this procedure to assemble and install the new SSD. Reinstall the battery and bottom cover. Then reconnect power to start your computer.

Note: These steps apply to HP Pavilion Model number: 15-cx0000 – 15-cx0999. To learn more information, please refer to HP Gaming Pavilion 15 Maintenance and Service Guide.

Summary

If you need to perform HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC SSD upgrade, follow the stepwise guide offered on this page. To avoid OS reinstallation and data loss after hard drive replacement, you can transfer all data from HDD to SSD via powerful disk clone software AOMEI Backupper. Besides cloning HDD to SSD, you can also use it to clone SSD to larger SSD, clone dynamic disk to basic, etc. Why not give it a shot?

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Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.