How to Upgrade an HP Touchsmart

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How to Upgrade an HP Touchsmart
Upgrade your HP TouchSmart to speed it up and increase storage capacity. (mädchen mit laptop image by Dron from Fotolia.com)

If your HP TouchSmart is still in good shape but isn't running as fast as it used to and is running out of storage space, an upgrade is in order. Upgrading the hard drive and memory components on your HP TouchSmart laptop can increase the speed with which your computer runs programs and audio video files. The upgraded hard drive will allow you to store more of your personal files, so you can take them with you almost anywhere you go.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Disconnect all of the cables and devices plugged into your HP TouchSmart laptop, then power your laptop down.

  2. 2

    Move your laptop to a flat surface and turn your laptop upside down and position it so the battery is next to you.

  3. 3

    Press the battery-release latch and move it from the left to the right to unlock the battery.

  4. 4

    Remove the battery.

  5. 5

    Remove the two screws from the bottom of the hard drive cover, located on the right side of the laptop, using a Phillips-head screwdriver, then lift the lower part of the hard drive cover and remove it from the laptop.

  6. 6

    Grip the tab on the right on the left side of the hard drive bracket, located in the upper right side of the laptop and pull it to the right.

  7. 7

    Lift and remove the hard drive bracket.

  8. 8

    Unscrew and remove the four screws from the sides of the hard drive bracket, then remove the old hard drive.

  9. 9

    Insert the new hard drive into the bracket and replace the four screws.

  10. 10

    Set the hard drive along the right wall of the hard drive bay and push it to the right to connect it to the laptop.

  11. 11

    Replace the hard drive cover and the two screws to attach it to the laptop.

  12. 12

    Angle the battery upward toward you and slide it into the battery compartment and press it down lightly until it clicks, signalling that it is locked into place.

  13. 13

    Turn the laptop right-side up.

  1. 1

    Follow Steps 1 through 4 in Section 1.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws on the right side of the memory module cover, located on the right side of your laptop.

  3. 3

    Lift the right side of the memory module cover up and pull the cover to the right to remove it. Two memory modules will be located on the right side of the memory module bay. Choose the memory module you want to replace.

  4. 4

    Spread out the memory clips on each side of the memory module, causing the module to angle slightly upward.

  5. 5

    Squeezing the old memory module gently between your fingers, pull it out of the slot.

  6. 6

    Insert and carefully push the new memory module into the slot, then press the memory clips in to lower the module into place.

  7. 7

    Replace the memory module cover and screw in the two screws to hold it in place.

  8. 8

    Follow Steps 12 and 13 in Section 1.

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