Laptops

How to add RAM to the Laptop?

RAM is a vital component of a PC that acts as temporary storage and is responsible for PC performance upto a great extent. It loads all the processes in it for faster access. Although you can work with the in-built RAM already provided by the manufacturer, you will need to upgrade your RAM with the increased workload.

Before you change your laptop’s RAM, you should inquire about the type of RAM eligible for your device. Let’s learn about types of RAM in brief:

What Are Different Types Of RAM?

There are two main types of RAM, namely SRAM and DRAM. SRAM stands for Static Ram, and DRAM stands for Dynamic RAM.

Static RAM: In static Ram, the data is stored in the state of 6 transistor memory cells. It is used as cache memory for the CPU.

Dynamic RAM: This RAM type stores data in a separate capacitor incorporated in a specific integrated circuit. Modern type computers mainly use Dynamic RAM as standard memory.

There are 3 types of Dynamic RAM:

SDRAM: Widely used in the mid-1990s, Synchronous Dynamic RAM helps in enhancing performance due to the pins that sync the data connection between microprocessor and memory.

DDR SDRAM: Stands for Double Data Rate SDRAM. The functionalities of this RAM are the same as SDRAM, but it comes with the double transmission of data.

ECC DRAM: Error-Correcting CODE DRAM helps find corrupt information and fix it occasionally.

DDR, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4: These RAMs are widely used in modern-day laptops and computers. Below is the table that defines the features and efficiency of DDR series RAMs.

Checking Eligibility Of Laptop For Additional RAM?

The system’s smooth performance depends upon the amount of RAM you install on your laptop. If you are just using a laptop to take notes, save documents, and browse the web, you don’t need a lot of RAM. However, if you want to use large softwares, render videos, or compress massive files, your computer will need a lot of storage.

So, to check whether your laptop is eligible to fit in more RAM, you can use tools like Crucial System Scanner or CPU-z to check whether your laptop supports more RAM or not. It shows information about the RAM and the system’s eligibility to take in additional RAM slots.Run tools like Crucial System Scanner or CPU-Z on your laptop to see if it supports more RAM.

Launch Crucial System Scanner and select Scan from the menu, and within minutes, it will display every detail of your system, including the updates and slots available for RAM.

CPU-z doesn’t provide compatible upgrades. You have to manually find the SPD and memory tabs for information on the type of RAM and available slots.

You can also check the user manual to know about the extra RAM slots availability.

Nowadays, most laptops support 16 GB ram, while some gaming laptops may even support RAM up to 32 GB. To ensure, use the tools mentioned above to find out the details easily.

How To Add RAM To The Laptop?

Remove the back panel

Switch off your laptop power before opening the battery. Don’t shut it down abnormally. Then, use a screwdriver to unscrew the panel. Find RAM among the components once you open the panel. However, this process varies model by model. Today, most RAMs can be removed or added without opening the rear panel.

Adding the new RAM

Nowadays, most laptops provide an additional slot for RAM modules. However, you can also replace your old RAM with a higher capacity RAM in the same slot. Gently press the clips that bind the RAM module to remove the RAM. Do it gently to avoid damage to the metal connectors. Now, as you have removed the old RAM, install the new RAM module properly aligned to the slot. To do it, gently press down the new RAM module at a 45-degree angle until you hear a slight clicking sound.

When you upgrade your RAM, processes take less time to execute, and eventually, your system becomes faster.

How Much RAM Is Enough For My Laptop?

Although in-built RAM installed by the manufacturer is enough for most users, it may not be sufficient for complex programs. Generally, 8 GB of RAM can bear the most intensive tasks, but you can easily upgrade it if you need more as RAM is not that expensive.

The point worth noting is RAM alone is not responsible for the performance of your laptop. The non-volatile storage matters a lot too. If you are using a traditional 1 Tb hard drive with 16 GB of RAM, your PC is slow compared to a combination of 8GB RAM and 51 GB SSD.

Conclusion

A 32-bit Windows 10 operating system uses 1GB of RAM, whereas a 64-bit Windows 10 operating system occupies 2GB. So having too little RAM upto 4Gb with a 64bit operating system will cost half of your RAM.

Upgrading RAM is an easy process. However, you should maintain some precautions while manipulating your RAM.

  • Static electricity can damage the system’s components. This electricity is present in your body. So, while working with the components, wear an ESD wrist strap. This will stop the static electricity from flowing into the metal surfaces.
  • Don’t touch the gold-colored pins of your memory module. Instead, grip it by the top or from the sides. Don’t rush, as installing RAM just takes a few minutes. Work in a clean environment.

Hence, following these instructions, you can easily install the RAM module into your laptop.

About the author

Shubham Yadav

Shubham is a mechanical engineer by profession. Computer geek at heart he loves to explore new aspects of circuits, motherboards and general PC components.