Installing a 2nd HDD or SSD in HP Envy 17, 17t -n000, n100 series laptop
To install a 2nd HDD or SSD in an HP Envy 17-n000, 17-n100, 17t-n000, 17t-n100 series laptop, you would need a bracket and SATA cable connector kit for the 2nd drive bay (see photo below).
To start, we will insert/attach the hard drive (or SSD) to the bracket/caddy.
Attach the SATA connector cable to the hard drive (or SSD)
Time to install the 2nd HDD / SSD in the HP Envy 17 N series laptop.
Shut the laptop down. Unplug the laptop. Turn the laptop over and remove the battery.
Remove the screw at the bottom of the laptop that holds the optical DVD drive. See "blue arrow" for location of the screw. Then remove optical DVD drive.
Remove the screws at the bottom laptop. See "blue arrows" for location of screws. Don't forget to remove the screws in the battery compartment and the optical DVD drive bay.
Remove the bottom cover of the laptop. To make removal easier, use an old "credit card" to help pry the bottom cover. Start at the optical DVD drive bay by holding the edge upwards and inserting the credit card at the crevice as shown below.
Slide the card to the right. You will feel the bottom cover releasing from the top.
Remove bottom cover of laptop
Time to install the HDD / SSD. Insert the edge of the cable into the connector as shown in the photo below. Once inserted properly, close the "door" of the connector.
Secure the HDD / SSD caddy / bracket to the laptop with the three screws provided.
Re-attach the bottom cover of laptop. Re-insert the optical DVD drive and battery. Time to start using your 2nd HDD / SSD.
If you installed a new hard drive or SSD, you will have to format and partition the new drive. To format the drive, go into Windows Disk Management. Warning: Formatting and Partitioning a drive will erase all data on the drive.