My Hp Envy desktop has no hard drive activity LED and there was another discussion on this site questioning HP why they omitted this useful and quite inexpensive part but there was no reply from HP on this. I believe it was a decision by the board room bean counter penny pinchers. There was a work around suggested in the other discussion that would install a flashing Hard Drive activity indicator on the task bar but the problem with that work around is that when I need it the most (especially when there are large windows updates installing) it is very useful to ascertain if the update is stuck or not ( a problem that seems to be more prevalent these days with MS updates) and this is not possible when there is no task bar available to look at during that scenario. I would like to hear the logic (or lack of) by someone in HP why this was omitted from their desktops.
Hello you do not give the link of this discussions? But anyway here it is a community of help, animated mainly by users. So they do not wait for a response from hp for this type of question here. This is unfortunately not new, it has been a while since it was removed, indeed it is annoying because when the computer restarts for example it can help to see if it is blocked .. Although it is not always obvious, because it can blink very slowly, and in this case, the computer can be blocked all the same! I doubt, that a workaround is possible if the motherboard does not have a connector Hp will not take the computer back from you, to correct this problem, I doubt it! I'm afraid the answer is that we have to do without!
that said, I never checked more than that, but there was an article in France which indicated that the led could be used to "hack" computers. it seemed a little big to me, but possible that this is a reason for the led to be finally removed
I don't know if in the end it works well but try to look for examples like here
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