How to Upgrade an Alienware Laptop

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Upgrading your Alienware laptop is a great way to speed up and add storage space to your laptop. A larger hard drive can give you invaluable extra space to store more personal files, install new programs, and to store more of your music and video files. Increasing the memory in your Alienware laptop can boost the speed and performance of your laptop, allowing programs to run quicker and decreasing the amount of time it takes your laptop to boot up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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Instructions

    Upgrade Hard Drive

  1. 1

    Shut down your Alienware laptop, unplug any devices and cables that are attached to it, then turn your laptop upside down and position it so the back of the laptop is next to you.

  2. 2

    Remove the eight screws on the outer edges of the base cover using a Phillips screwdriver. The base cover covers the right side and the upper-left half of the laptop.

  3. 3

    Lift and remove the laptop base cover.

  4. 4

    Remove the two screws on the right side of the battery, located in the lower-right corner of the laptop, then unplug the battery cable, located in the upper-left corner of the battery, from the laptop.

  5. 5

    Lift and remove the battery from the laptop.

  6. 6

    Remove the two screws from the left side of the hard drive bracket, located in the upper-right corner of laptop, and the one screw on the middle-right side of the bracket.

  7. 7

    Grab the ring pull on the left side of the hard drive bracket, then pull the bracket to the right edge of the hard drive bay to disconnect it from the Alienware laptop. Lift and remove the bracket.

  8. 8

    Remove the four screws from the sides of the hard drive bracket, then slide the old hard drive out.

  9. 9

    Disconnect the interposer, a two-inch wide black plastic piece connected to the part of the hard drive that was exposed by the bracket, from the hard drive, then connect it to the new hard drive.

  10. 10

    Slide the new hard drive into the hard drive bracket, then place the bracket on the right side of the hard drive bay and slide it to the right to connect it to the Alienware laptop.

  11. 11

    Replace the three screws that secure the bracket to the laptop.

  12. 12

    Slide the battery back into the battery bay, plug it back into the laptop, and replace the two screws that secure it to the laptop.

  13. 13

    Replace the base cover and screw in the eight screws that fasten it to the Alienware laptop, then turn the laptop right-side up.

    Upgrade Memory

  1. 1

    Follow Steps 1 through 5 in Section 1 to remove the base cover and battery.

  2. 2

    Push the retaining clips on the memory module, located in the upper-left corner, out, away from the module, causing it to tilt upward.

  3. 3

    Remove the old memory module, then slide the new module into the slot.

  4. 4

    Push the clips in to lower and lock the memory module into place.

  5. 5

    Follow Steps 12 and 13 in Section 1 to replace the battery and base cover.

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