May 04, 2012 Written by: MarshallR

Upgrading the G75VW

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Upgrading the G75VW is relatively simple: you just need a Philips screw driver. It's just one screw keeping you out of the main hatch which covers the two 2.5" hard drive spaces, two SO-DIMM clips and one of the fan filters, as you can see below. Flip over the notebooks and unscrew the first hatch near the front: G75 popping open the hatch By removing two screws on each, the hard drives can be popped out using the pull tags. Then unscrew the old drive if there is one via its side-screws and add the new drive into the housing, before reversing the process to put it back in. G75 upgrade space Unscrew two screws and just give it a tug to the side before lifting it out.

Unscrew two screws and just give it a tug to the side

The housing will take SSDs, hybrid drives (like the Seagate Momentus XT) and SSDs in any mix and match configuration you desire. If you want to enable RAID0 or RAID1 for two HDD or SSD, it is available via the BIOS. Our G75VW has two 750GB Western Digital Black HDDs From here, the left-hand fan filter is accessible for cleaning, while the right fan filter requires removing another Philips screw and accessing a smaller hatch. Just to be clear: removing these two screws does not void your warranty. Also, as you'd expect, the battery requires just flicking the clip on the base to swap it out. No screw removal required. However for the sake of transparency to our customers, please be aware of upgrade limitations. While the G75VW has four SO-DIMM slots in total; two of which are situated underneath the keyboard and accessing them requires chassis dismantling that voids your warranty so please plan your needs carefully before you buy. memory-upgrade These two above will be populated first, at the factory, meaning if you buy an G75VW with 8GB DDR3 but later want 12GB or 16GB, dropping in one or two extra 4GB SO-DIMMs is a perfectly warranty-safe upgrade as this requires simply opening the base as described above. However, if you require upgrading all four SO-DIMM slots, this can only be done by unscrewing all visible screws on the base, removing the battery and optical drive, then gently separating the the motherboard tray from the keyboard. Evidently this process is not designed to be user upgradable, but if you feel you are technically adept and accept that you will not be able to return the notebook at a later date, it can be done.
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