06-23-2016 03:27 PM
Does anyone have a part number or know where the following can be ordered from:
M3 metric guide screws for 5.25-inch drives
These are a special screw used in the HP EliteDesk tower drives, but are not included.
06-23-2016 05:04 PM - edited 06-23-2016 05:13 PM
This has come up here before..... go to the search box above to the left, and the default is that it will search only this forum. Type in M3 and read up on the issue and some workaround solutions.
I found a few on eBay, and the M3 versions are black screws, not the silver ones (which are 6-32 English screws). One post includes how to make some yourself.
You would think that HP would make these available.... and in some boxes that use them spares in fact may be stored in odd places such as behind the front faceplate. Worth taking a look......
06-23-2016 11:55 PM
HP has provided extra guide screws installed on the chassis.
The hard drive uses 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws, eight of which are installed on the hard drive bracket under the access panel.
All other drives use M3 metric screws, eight of which are installed on the optical drive bracket under the access panel. The HP-supplied metric guide screws are black.
The HP-supplied 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws are silver and blue.
If you are replacing the primary hard drive, you must remove the four silver and blue 6-32 isolation mounting guide screws from the old hard drive and install them in the new hard drive.
You may refer to below document for more information.
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06-24-2016 09:14 AM - edited 06-24-2016 09:21 AM
I'm pretty certain you are looking for the "isolation screw" type, not just the plain M3 short screws. The link below will show you some pictures of what the silver-screw (English threads) versus the black-screw (M3 metric threads) look like, with the same blue elastomeric shock/noise absorber build in.
I checked on eBay.... there is a guy selling some that look home made, at 15.00 a set of 4. The link below will get you to another link at the very bottom, where an individual explains how he created a work-around. Look here for my prior post on this.
Here is what I believe you are looking for, but if you are only looking for the Torx drive round head plain black HP M3 screws then those are much easier to find on eBay. These ones below are the hard ones to find:
06-24-2016 10:32 AM - edited 06-24-2016 12:49 PM
Thanks for the info. I am surely looking for the M3 screws to mount a 5.25" device.
The link you provided is great but I don't have a HP Compaq 8100 and 8180 Elite Business.
I have a EliteDesk 800 G2 Tower. The screws shown in the link above are not on the chassis and furthermore the documentation says the screws are not included.
It seems a bit silly the only place these are available is from eBay. I definately would not recommend purchasing the EliteDesk series due to this. HP should provide these on the chasiss or allow you to purchase for a nominal cost.
06-24-2016 12:46 PM - edited 06-24-2016 12:49 PM
Agree on that.....
So, you actually do just want the bare black HP M3 screws, not the M3 isolation mounts. Those HP bare M3 screws slide in and out properly in the grooves provided in the case. You might be able to go to Ace hardware and find short M3 allen head metric screws (aka socket head screws) that are short enough and have the rounded flat-topped head that would be close enough in head diameter and head thickness to work instead of getting HP ones.
McMaster.com is a great source for such odd screws, and it is quite easy to search. Their part diagrams are very accurate for dimensions.
I just checked on eBay under "HP DVD mounting screw" and there is a guy selling the official HP M3 screws at 8 for 12.00 USD. Making quite the profit, I am sure, but free shipping. At least you know now, and that's what I'd do personally.
Here's a pic of those: