04-19-2014 09:05 AM - edited 04-19-2014 09:08 AM
Hard Drive Zinc
Hex Head Machine Screw
6-32 x 1/4
I thought these screws would work but they did not. When installed the drive would not fit into the cage.
04-19-2014 10:22 PM
Good luck and hopefully HP reverses the "head up their arse" situation regarding availability of these proprietary components.
01-04-2015 07:40 PM
Yes - the above solution from airstang worked well for me. I replaced the four screws on the back of the case that secure the power supply with standard 6-32 screws I had from another PC. I then used the smooth-head screws to mount the second disk drive.
I am incredulous that HP would sell a computer that required proprietary mounting screws for a second HDD, and they didn't include any extras in the case. Adding a second disk drive is a common upgrade for many users. I completely agree with the previous comment about HP having their "head up their arse" on this one.
01-04-2015 09:57 PM
I'm glad the work around worked. So sad that HP can't manage to deliver on a screw.
01-04-2015 10:19 PM - edited 01-04-2015 10:42 PM
I assume you are asking about the (low profile socket) Fillister head Torx T-15 / Slot machine screw?
Usage of that type of screw can be traced back to Compaq Desktop and Portable Computers in the 1980s. There are English 6-32 (hard drives/removable chassis cages) and Metric M3 (CD/DVD) versions, in at least 2 lengths -- for each type.
I acquire my repair/restoration supply from the Texas and Florida "computer parts chop shops" for HP and Dell computers.
These screws also appear routinely on eBay.
I just ordered 50 from an Isreal-based jobber (scrap operator), that should arrive later this month.
Ambry.com is one such supplier.
Amazing that no one answered this, common HP computer service bench issue in North America.
BTW, it was also an issue for IBM PC dealers in 1980s, as well.
Guess no one worked in production/manufacturing, before that was shipped in East Asia in early 1990s.