Next on to the installation of the drive and memory
Installation of a drive and additional memory is different from machine to machine. Nine times out of 10, the drive is located under a panel underneath the laptop while the memory can reside anywhere under the keyboard or once again under a panel on the bottom like the drive. Sony made the location of both pretty easy as they are both is underneath the unit under two plastic panels.
We will take a look at inserting the memory first. A simple screw holds the panel in place. And under it we find two 2 gig modules equaling four gigs. That is four gigs of DDR3 1333 MHz. We are not going to write this article as if you are a complete noob so we won’t go step by step by step. But simply pulling the two metal hooks outwards does allow the old ram to become unsecured and easy to remove.
The new ram is then inserted the way the old modules came out. And that is by sliding the module in at an angle and then pressing down to lock the modules in place. Common sense will tell us to do the bottom module first followed by the second.
Next, we will move on to the solid state drive. Located at the lower edge of the laptop is a single panel secured via two screws. We remove this panel and see the drive is protected by a thin aluminum cage. The cage has four secure points but only two screws. Hmmmmm. Once removed the drive and cage slides to the left to allow the installer to then lift it away from the rest of the PC.
The old drive is dethroned from the cage by removing the four screws that holds it in place. The SSD is then inserted the same way. It seems this is easier than I suspected. The last two steps are placing the drive into the unit and replacing the door.
Time to turn this sucker over and get busy.
Just to make sure we are going to venture into the BIOS to make sure both components were read correctly. OK, everything is detected correctly according to the BIOS.