The HP Pavilion 13 Notebook is a nice, small, PC, perfect for school and work. However, it does have a few drawbacks. If something goes wrong with the hard drive, and you suddenly need to run the recovery, it can be rather difficult to fix the problem.
Replacing a malfunctioning hard drive can be very difficult, since the case has, a lot, of hidden screws, and is hard to get open.
Even after having removed all of the hidden screws, the case is still somewhat difficult to open, and you will need to use a flat object to be able to open it. When the top part has been loosened, the keyboard is carefully lifted off slightly, so that the wires attached below can be very carefully disconnected. See the exact steps below:
1. First you need to remove the hidden screws (HP Pavilion 13 has a total of 4 hidden screws):
2. After having removed the hidden screws, carefully insert a flat object, like a knife or guitar pick, and then drag it along the side of the case to loosen the keyboard (top part):
Note. It is, not recommended that you use a sharp knife, since you can easily end up cutting yourself.
3. Disconnect the wires very carefully – so that you will not break them – they have no plug, and are very easy to break:
Problematic case design
The Pavilion 13 case design got multiple problems, which makes it hard to deal with for users.
We can easily end up accidentally scratching the case, or even breaking it, because we do not realize that the manufacture is daft enough to hide the screws behind the rubber pads on the back.
Another problem is that the rubber “nubs” hiding the screws, cannot be easily re-attached. Users have to get some special glue, which will not bind too much, but also will not fall off.
The case design is, basically, a huge problem, and it is surprising that laptop manufactures make it so difficult to get into the cases. It is, not necessary to make it so hard to open.
The recovery partition is hidden on the drive
On the manufactures part, it is probably a bad practice to store the recovery software on a hidden partition. It would be much better to include it on an external media, like in the old days, such as DVD or USB.
The problem is that users will not be able to re-install on a new hard drive, without getting in touch with HP or the place where they brought the PC. It also makes Dual Boot setups more difficult, as users risk deleting or making the recovery partition become inaccessible.
(The model pictured in this article is: 13b000no)