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Question: memory & hard drive upgrades

I work in the Communications department of a university. They are looking to buy memory and hard drive upgrades, 5 each. Here's some info:

-128MB RAM (qty. 5)
-20GB hard drives (qty. 5)

What brands would you recommend? I heard Crucial Memory is good:

128MB RAM for $44.09, I heard their product is good. Do you agree? What about for hard drives:

20GB 5400RPM Ultra DMA/ATA 100 for $59.00??
Seagate 20GB 5400RPM for $68.00??
20.5 GB - WD205EB 5400RPM Protg OEM ATA100 for $71.00??

Any suggestions? Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] with any suggestions, or if you need more info.

Thanks for any help

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Answer: memory & hard drive upgrades

Hi, this is just my opinion, but here goes

First, the memory. Yes, Crucial is a very good choice for memory. Before you buy, be sure it is the correct type for what your requirements are ( use their Memory tool on the home page). Also, another good memory maker is Kingston. However, I do not believe that they sell directly to the public, so you would have to buy through a reseller. The important thing about buying memory is to be sure it has a lifetime warranty. This will protect you down the road, in cases of failure etc. under normal conditions

All of the Hard Drives you listed are good drives. I have no particular choice between them, Though I know from personal use that I have used Western Digital Hard drives without one failing on me. The only thing I see with the particular ones you have chosen is that they are all 5400 rpm drives. These drives will be a bit slower on seek and access, simply because of the speed of the platters ( 5400 rpm). If you have the budget, I would pay a bit more for a 7200 rpm drive.

Another Hard Drive maker to consider is Maxtor. They also make good drives.

Hope this is helpful to you

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My Thinkpad T470 came with 500 GB and 4 GB of RAM and so planning to upgrade with an SSD and 8 GB of memory. Have finalized this SSD: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW) Which  I think would work with these parts from Lenovo: 01AX994 Ct470 Adapter Hdd Asm Bracket 00UR496 Cable M.2Ssd Does anyone have any recommendations for the memory? Either Crucial or Samsung? Also, will I be able to make use of dual channel with my 4 GB + 8 GB setup? Or do I have to have 8 GB + 8 GB? Thanks a lot.

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I am looking to pull the trigger on a T470 and have a question. It seems the best value is to buy it more bare bones and upgrade on my own. I'm slightly confused on upgrading the HD though. If I get it with the 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5", SATA3, what can of hard drive can I replace it with? Does it have to be an SSD or can it be an OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe? Also, if I get it with 8 GB of memory, can I put another 16 GB into the other empty slot? Or does it have to be 8 GB as well to match? 

Answer:T470 Hard drive and memory upgrades

Hi shwank,Warm Greetings & welcome to Lenovo Community, happy to have you here.As I understand that you have query regarding ThinkPad T470 HDD & Memory upgrade.
shwank wrote:
I am looking to pull the trigger on a T470 and have a question. It seems the best value is to buy it more bare bones and upgrade on my own. I'm slightly confused on upgrading the HD though. If I get it with the 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5", SATA3, what can of hard drive can I replace it with?
>Lenovo uses a 2.5 inch SSD adapter to have the PCIe M.2 SSD. So, you can have a default 2.5 inch HDD or 2.5 inch SSD or a PCIe M.2 SSD (using a 2.5 inch SSD adapter bracket) and they are all mutually exclusive.
Does it have to be an SSD or can it be an OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe?
>It can be both as system does has one HDD slot or one M.2 2280 slot exclusively for storage
Also, if I get it with 8 GB of memory, can I put another 16 GB into the other empty slot? Or does it have to be 8 GB as well to match?
>Normally we upgrade the Memory in pairs like 2x8GB=16GB or 2x16GB=32GB. But you can also put another 16GB to make it 24GB in total.

I hope the above information helped you.
Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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I have a 2016 HP 15-AF113cl laptop.  I am not certain if that is a Pavilion or not. My questions are: 1)  What options are available for upgrading the memory from the existing 6gb of memory? 2)  Would it be possible to add a second hard drive (SSD) on a caddy in the DVD bay?  If so, what parts and steps would need to be taken?  (I realize this may not be a standard authorized HP procedure - my warranty has expired and I do not want to extend). 3)  The only problem I seem to have is that the drivers for the WiFi card seem to crash the system on occasion (bcmwl63a.sys exception not handled error).  I have been rotating through the available drivers at considerable expense of time.  Is there a better performing and more stable wifi card upgrade that is possible?  (current wifi card is a Broadcom Model BCM943142Y)


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Answer:HP 15-af113cl Memory, Hard Drive Additions and Upgrades, and...

Hi, Wlecome to HP support forum. Looks like your plan is to buy a new machine but allow me to answer your questions 1. RAM: Max is 8GB (2 x 4GB), currently it has 4GB + 2GB2. SSD: Put SSD to the ODD bay using a caddy/kit is a very bad move because it will not run faster and won't be able to boot. My suggestion: replace existing HDD with SSD and put old HDD to the place of the ODD using 9.5mm caddy3. Wireless card: You may be able to replace the wireless card. To be safe, please use the following list:    Realtek RTL8723BE 802.11b/g/n 1x1 Wi-Fi + BT4.0 Combo Adapter 792610-005  Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11b/g/n 1x1 Wi-Fi Adapter 792609-005  Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 b/g/n 1x1 Wi-Fi + BT4.0 M.2 Combo Adapter 792608-005 Regards.

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Hi,I need advice, which is proberbly basic, on upgrading my hard drives in my HP xw6000 Workstation, running three SCSI drives.The machine shipped with a 36GB Seagate Cheetah 10K drive, with the operating system (XP Pro) pre-installed. I later installed two additional SCSI drives of 64GB size each.I'm now looking to upgrade these 64GB drives as I'm running out of space, but I'm not sure if I should stick to SCSI or go SATA or ATA etc (hope I've the terms correct!). I'm guessing that as the operating system (Win XP Pro) is pre-installed then there's no chance of me upgrading the C drive, which is 36GB? I've got the HP Restore Disc.This is still a great machine, dual Xeon 3.06GHz with 4GB of RAM and is serving me fine for high end audio editing.Thank you!Philip

Answer:Advice on Hard Drive Upgrades

you may just have PATA controllers with it. click hereUnless you have SATA compatability on the motherboard, look at some 7200, 16Mb cache hard drives. They might not spin as fast as the 10k's you have, but you will get a lot of storage per Gb and they will not be to far behind.You could then *clone * over the OS and data from the main 36Gb SCSI to the PATA hard drive. £58 for a click hereIf you do have SATA ports, check to see if theyb are SATA11 compatable. These are the fastest.

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Hi All, I recently bought a T440s but the shipment keeps getting delayed and I won't have the laptop I need for my business by the time I need it. When I shop locally in Toronto I can't find any  T440s's with the 12GB of RAM and the 500GB SSD that I need. Can anyone confirm what the expansion options are? My gut tells me to buy a T440s locally with 4GB of RAM and that means I should be able to buy my own 8GB stick and add it to it. From my understanding there is 4GB permantly installed on the mainboard and any 4GB option I could buy would always have an empty expansion slot. I have also read that the T440s comes with an empty M.2 slot that I can use to add some extra storgage. I am not familiar with the M.2 slot, can someone please elaborate? I think if I buy a local 4GB version with a 256GB (which is available here), I can add an 8GB stick and possibly add more storage if I need. As an FYI, the model I got is also the i7 with the FHD screen. Thanks! 

Answer:Thinkpad T440s Memory upgrades and SSD Upgrades

I can tell you that it does come with 4gb permanently installed and you can add up to another 8gb stick for a total of 12gb. I added 4gb to my T440s a few days ago. It is doable but a complete pain in the rear. Go slow, use a plastic spudger and GO SLOW. I can point you to a link or two that helped me if you want.   204 pin DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM PC3-12800 is what you want. Make sure it is 1.35v. Just my opinion, but 8gb total is probably plenty for this machine unless your needs specifically require more. 

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I am unable to use the latest upgrades due to lack of storage. My SD drive won't accept the new upgrades. Can I use
the Seagate - Expansion 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Driveto accept the new upgrades?

Answer:Windows 10 upgrades using external hard drive

You need to reduce the used space on your SSD.

Ideas discussed again recently e.g. here:
my SSD is already running out of space - Windows 10 Forums
Making Space to C drive - Windows 10 Forums

If desperate (I don't know how large your SSD is or if you have other disks) then after the above:
Compress or Uncompress Windows 10 with Compact OS General Tips Tutorials

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Hi, I'm looking to change the hard drives in my T500 and Z60m (the T500 is playing up) but would like to copy over all the software and data (is this a clone?). Is there a very easy way to do it using the software on the machines or available from the web (my son mentioned Acronis??). I'm pretty sure I can do the physical replacement, just the computer bit I'm unsure of. Thanks in anticipation. Simon.

Answer:T500 and Z60m hard drive upgrades

I've done this on my T400 both ways: with Lenovo Rescue and Recovery, and with Acronis. Acronis isn't free, although you may be able to clone a drive with the 15-day eval version.  I haven't tried that.  To clone the drive you will need to mount the new drive (or old drive) in an external enclosure of some kind.  For the T400, I'm stuck with external USB.  Kind of slow.  Boot an Acronis live CD and go for it.  (The problem with the eval copy is that it is a download, not a CD.  You can burn a bootable CD from Acronis after it is installed in Windows, but the eval version won't let you do that.  I don't know if the _installed_ eval version will allow cloning.  You'll have to download it and try.) Actually, I've never directly cloned a drive with Acronis.  I have used it the same way I use Rescue and Recovery: save a full disk backup image to an external USB drive.  Install the new drive in the  laptop, and restore the image.  Doing it this way with Acronis requires a bootable CD.  Doing it with R&R requires either burning a restore CD with R*R and booting that to manage the restore, or using R&R to make your "intermediate" external drive bootable so you can just boot the external drive containing the utility and the restore image. There can be some issues when using R&R to restore to a completely blank drive.  I dont' know if they've fixed it in the version you have.  I'v... Read more

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First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge.

Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan with malwarebytes but no answers.

I also noticed a new file listed named c:\END. When you open this with notepad it says "conduitok"

There also seems to be ads and a new toolbar listed in IE. Any ideas how to find out what the heck is going on here?


Answer:Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive


welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

Also look here

Remove toolbars in IE

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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Hello,I have a Ideapad 110-14ibr and i want to know if there is possible to install more than 4 GB of memory RAM. Also, can i improve the graphic card and processor to play games or is it not possible to upgrade the notebook?

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Question: Memory upgrades

I just purchased a p390nr beats audio addition. I know I am supposed to be able to up grade the ram. But have no idea where to find the memory slot so ibcan see what I need to get.Thanks

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Question: Memory upgrades

I have a T-61 that I have for 18 months. It came with 2GB RAM. I noticed that I can upgradethe memory with a 2MB chip for about 40-50 bux. Will it make a difference speed wise?Is it difficult to install?

Answer:Memory upgrades

taking it to 3 gigs for a 32 bit os makes  a large difference to speed if you have many windows open at the same time. 4 gigs and above is only useful if you have 64 bit OS. 

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Question: Memory Upgrades

Im selling a 266Mhz (PC2100) & 400Mhz (PC3200) memory modules on ebay and i was wondering if a computer with a FSB of 533Mhz would be able to support it...

Answer:Memory Upgrades

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Will this work with my T43?

Answer:T43 memory upgrades

Yes it will.

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Question: Memory Upgrades

I have been using crucial and other websites to find a suitable pair of 512mb modules for my Vaio PCG-K195BPCrucial suggests 333mhz, Corsair suggests 266mhz the rest of the specs are the same. I checked Vaio-link and the 2 slots are currently taken by 256mb running at 266mhz.Will the 333mhz RAM work or should I stick with the 266? Has crucial got it wrong?Thanks

Answer:Memory Upgrades

Not exactly, what it is and I'm sure Crucial mention this on their website is they recommend using the fastest memory your PC can take but running it at the slower speed. This does no harm and they suggest this as if you decide to upgrade the processor in your PC later on you can still use the memory which may not be the case for the origianl memory. The other point of course is usually the memory is the same price so you may as well buy the faster stuff.

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Hello everyone. This is my first posting and I hope I'm entering my question in the right place. I have a Y710 due in shortly and want to upgrade the memory to 4GB. is offering 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400 memory modules for this laptop. Has anyone installed these yet and, if so, what has your experience been? Many thanks in Advance,

Answer:Question about Memory upgrades

I don't have a Y710 but my experience with Crucial has always been very positive. Are you looking at memory specifically recommended for your Y710 or "fits all" memory?

______________________________________________________T60 2623-D7U, 3 GB Ram. Dual boot XP and Linux Mint.T400 2765-T7U Windows 7Registered Linux User #160145FYI: I am not employed by Lenovo

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Hello! I was just curious, Im looking to breath some life into my old PC with some decent Ram.This my Mobo - was thinking about buying this set of Ram anyone confirm that this ram is compatible with my system?I think it can as it says it accepts DDR400, boards max is 2GB but im a little lost when it says "non-ECC, un-buffered memory"Any help would be appreciated!Thank you!

Answer:Question About Memory Upgrades

Yes that memory will work just fine Great choice too, hard to find matched ram here in NZ, might not be where you come from though

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Hello all,
I've upgraded my Dell XPS 8300 recently with some new memory and two hard drives. My old memory was at 8gb with 4 dimm slots each with 2gb 1333mhz DDR3-1333 PC3-10600, CL9, 240 pin, 1.5 V.
But I bought 2 sticks of 4 gb ram at 1600mhz DDR3 PC3-12800, CL11, 240 pin, 1.5 V. And I installed them in slots 1 and 3. Now I thought everything would work fine but lately I've been getting random crashes on my pc ever since the installation, some days I get 2-3 crashes some days I get none. I know it's not my hard drives that I installed because I disabled them and the error still occurs. So I know that these errors have to be coming from my memory.
So I'm wondering are there compatibility issues between the two different ram? Also I'm wondering can my motherboard even run the new memory that I bought? My motherboard model is the one that I got when I bought the Dell XPS 8300 which is 0Y2MRG. My CPU is the Sandy Bridge Core i5-2320.

Answer:XPS 8300 memory upgrades

I put 4×4 GB Crucial models in mine and its been fine. If theres a problem with RAM the preboot diagnostics should pick it up however you may want to reseat all your RAM modules and really push them firmly in. Theres also the graphics card because you need to remove it to get to the RAM. Make sure that's really tightly in and not hanging slightly loose.

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Hi. I'm thinking about upgrading the memory to my Optiplex 380 desktop. Right now, it has two 2GB memory modules and I want to replace them with two 4GB memory modules. Will that cause me any problems? 

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Hello everyone
Sorry for the long message I just wanted to try and explain myself clearly any help would be appreciated greatly

I have a few questions about 2 towers in my possession that I am fixing for 2 friends I already got all the viruses and spyware out and cleaned the registry but they still load websites slow especially the A335W with only 256 Mb ram and I thought that this would help. One of my problem is that there are several versions of the Gateway 300S cel this one taking DDR 2100 or 2700 I currently am using DDR 2100u and 2700u together 1 x 256 and 1 x 512Mb would regular DDR 2100/2700 be fine?

As far as both machines go there is a concern of what the maximum capacity for the boards are, some sites say 1 Gb while others say 2Gb max I am not sure which one to believe I DO NOT want to have to ship back these memory cards once I get them. My friends need them back asap they are lost without their computers and they do not have the 3-400 for a low end new tower right now they live on a limited budget.

The specs are as follows on both machines

MFATXPNT 300s CEL (D845GL) aka D845GERG3 from Intel scan
Intel Celeron (2.0 I believe)
768 Mb ddr 2100U memory
windows XP home SP3
Serial # 0031700722

Example 1 says 2Gb
or this one not sure which they are almost identical boards

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Answer:Memory upgrades on an old desktops

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I see the Q700 comes with DDR2 memory but the specs for the chipset say DDR3 is supported. Also the memory it comes with is  is 667mhz? Is that right? Why not 800mhz which the chip bus runs at.has anyone tried upgrading to faster memory and been sucessful?Thanks


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Answer:Q700 Memory upgrades?

To answer my own question DDR2 and DDR3 memory are not compatible and one will not fit the others slots. the key is in a different place.   Plus DDR3 memory requires 3 slots and there are only 2  (DDR3 means 3 channels)  To make use of faster DDR2 memory one would have to change the voltage/ multiplier settings in the bios EG- overclocking. Or by changing out the processor to one with a different clock speed.I don't know if that is possible but it would certainly void the warranty.

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I have an Evesham 800 mgh, 128mb SDram, 30gb HDD, Running Windows 98SE. When booting up lately my comp. has been beeping at me so I've decided to upgrade my 128mg of RAM.Contacted Evesham and they have advised that I have a Microstar MS-6195 Motherboard. It has three memory slots and each will take 128 mb of Sdram Dimm PC100 Spec chip. (Foreign language this) Can anyone please advise where I can purchase two sticks of memory which will fit exactly the information provided by Evesham. I shall replace the one currently is situ and leave a spare slot.Looking forward to hearing from you.

Answer:Where to purchase Memory Upgrades?

click here is a good place to start - - - last time I looked here there was a facility where you type in the make and model of your PC and it tells you what you need. You will have no worries buying from them.

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Hi All I have this laptop for few months and as it is an entry level, it needs to be upgraded.First question is, as it supports 1600mhz memory, will it still manage to run this memory even though it is 2133, I can get it cheap : he has 2 x sticks and is using 1 and selling the other. The second part is about upgrading the cpu. Can I upgrade the CPU and what CPU can I look for, have no idea where to start. Thanks in advance for the help

Answer:HP15 memory and cpu upgrades

HI. The upgradable RAM is up to 16 GB, although on some models it may vary 8GB, it would be advisable to run this software and tell you which memory is supported and technical features. The memory you mention may not be compatible, as we speak of memories of gamer equipment. If you also want to update the processor this is not possible, it is integrated (soldered) on the motherboard. Best Regards.

? I do not work for HP, I volunteer.? To close the topic, check "accept as a solution" the correct answer or Thumb to say thank you.? I'm sorry but you do not answer questions privately.

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I have an Equium A80-132 notebook and I want to upgrade the memory to 1GB. Can anyone advise which type of memory to by and where I can buy it?


Answer:Where can I get Memory upgrades for my Equium A80?


for the Equium A80 you need this memory modules:
PC2700 256MB (PA3311U-2M25)
PC2700 512MB (PA3312U-2M51)
PC2700 1024MB (PA3313U-2M1G)

You can buy it from every Toshiba dealer.


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Ive got two questions regarding upgrading this laptop:

My units equipped with a 60gb hard disc drive. What maximum size is possible? What does the bios (Im running the actual 1.9) support? These days 2,5" drives are available up to 160gb. Could I just buy one, stick it in and bobs my uncle? Or will I run into some serious trouble?

I'd like to upgrade the system's memory to 1gb, so two 512mb sticks have to be used. Could I use every module, which meets toshibas specs? 200Pin SO-DIMM, DDR266, 32Mx8 Organisation. Or do I have to buy special memory, which would be a lot more money?

Answer:Satellite Pro 6100 - Memory / HDD upgrades

Hello my friend ;)

I think the 160GB is a dream? I don?t think that you will be able to use such big HDD.
Maybe an 80GB HDD will work but I?m not sure about it. I think you should test it.

Notebook supports PC2100 DDR ram modules and I think you should use the modules recommended by Toshiba. The modules are:
PC2100 128MB (PA3126U-1M12)
PC2100 256MB (PA3127U-1M25)
PC2100 512MB (PA3164U-1M51)

By the way: no-name modules are not advisable because the performance is not great

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I have this T500 i bought as a refurbished machine, running windows 10 which was eye opening
seems to work well
the machine uses ddr3-1066 so what should i look at to bring the machine to 8GB?
any hope for a different wi-fi card? then 5100 works but lenovo badged n and ac cards are possile?
Moderator edit: Added detail to subject

Answer:T500 memory and WiFi upgrades?

Hi Vegan,Warm Greetings & welcome to Lenovo Community, happy to have you here.As I understand that you have query regarding T500 memory & WiFi card upgrades
So as far as memory is concerned it depends upon your usage & what applications are you using in system.
One can even check System memory that is the memory usage is high or the apps which are consuming system memory is required by you.
Depending upon that you can choose to upgrade the memory.
And regarding Wi-Fi card (n and ac) upgrades are not possible with your system
I hope the above information helped you.
Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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Good afternoon all!I couldn't find where to email Lenovo directly so unfortunately I'm going to have to post here.I'm probably going to catch some flak for this but hey ho, so heres the thing, I bought two brand new Lenovo 3000 N100's 5 years ago, all good, they both came with a 512MB SO-DIMM and since I wanted more memory I bought 2x1GB SO-DIMM's which I put in mine and put the other 512MB in the other one giving mine 2GB of RAM and my mum's 1GB of RAM.Doing this was easy peasy, unscrew *ONE* screw and the flap just slides out of the two slots on the opposite side of the flap to the screw. Job done.Scroll forwards 5 years and times have moved on... a lot and it seems like we apparently need to MASSIVELY over engineer things now.So I bought three Lenovo 3000 G570's, all good stuff and all came with 1x2GB and 1x4GB for a total of 6GB, all good but me being me and a Firefox tab whore, what with RAM being so awesomely cheap I decided what I was going to do was get 8GB (2x4GB) SO-DIMMS (Corsair), take out ALL my existing memory, put in the new Corsair 2x4GB SO-DIMMS, take out the 2GB SO-DIMM from the one I got my sister and put in my now spare 4GB SO-DIMM giving me 8GB of RAM, my sister 8GB of RAM, my mum sticks with 6GB of RAM and I have 2x2GB SO-DIMM's left over spare.SO, my sister and mum have already unboxed theirs and all is well, I unboxed mine, flipped it over and there are no less than *FOUR* screws holding the flap in now, granted there is just one 'flap' covering the CP... Read more

Answer:Memory upgrades and battery scratches

hey LondonBenji,
awesome post that looks like a TARDIS... "Bigger on the inside". Anyway, sorry to hear on what had happened, I suggest giving our support team a call via
Tel. +44 (0) 870 608 4465Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

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have a 98' dell dimension L400c desktop , has a 2 -memory slots , memory {help guides} point to using  512mb max, pc100, sdram, non-ecc, unbuffered, 100mhz, CL2-CL3?  present memory: micron 256mb pc133, 133mhz, CL3,  the dell pc  seems to  run good with newer design not recommend or should i pull this micron pc133 to play it safe?

Answer:{Choosing or matching the right memory upgrades}?

The 133 is running at 100 since that is what the MBoard supports...if you are having no issues leave it.

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pc/ 98'dell dimension L400c desktop 512mb {max memory} 2- mem.slots - present slots/ 1-256mb+ 1-64mb memory.  i was wanting purchase another micron 256mb memory from a seller on ebay & the seller memory spec. listings matched my micron ,but the CL2  part!??  what does" CL2" term or meaning in relation to a memroy upgrade??  could these 2 closely matched microns memory's upgrade be compaditible other than one having  CL2??  thanks!

Answer:what does CL2 c lass mean related to memory upgrades

Welcome to the CH forums.Quote from: Toms HardwareCL = CAS Latency. CAS = Column Access StrobeLATENCY = In a computer system, latency is often used to mean any delay or waiting that increases real or perceived response time beyond the response time desired. Specific contributors to computer latency include mismatches in data speed between the microprocessor and input/output devices and inadequate data buffers. Memory is basically a matrix of capacitors set up in a set of columns and rows. (Think of it as a big spreadsheet.) The memory is accessed first by the column and then the row.  When dealing with CL2 and CL3, the column is accessed and then the row.  When the memory is looking for additional information that is not contained in that row it has to start the process all over again.  This is where the CL part comes in.  With a CL2 there is a delay for the strobe to complete.  So under regular operation it would be 1 regular access cycle + the CL penalty.  That would be 3 cycles for CL2 and 4 cycles for CL3 in order to prepare data for output. (For DDR it is a little different but basically the same.  DDR SDRAM uses clock forwarding and thus is faster than SDR SDRAM) Keep in mind that this is only one latency timing.  There are a bunch of others. For all intents and purposes, CL2 is CAS2 RAM.  The proper terminology is CL. (CAS Latency) CL2 is one half clock cycle faster than CL2.5 and one full clock... Read more

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I want to upgrade my equium l20-264's memory to the maximum which is about 2G I think and was wondering which memory parts I require to do this? It is currently running the standard 256mb but I am unsure if I need to replace that 256 with a higher memory AND get another one to make up the amount or if I can just buy one memory that'll do the job.Also is the fitting of them something I can do myself or will I need to take it somewhere for them to do it?

The other thing is the battery life is only 1.5hours and was hoping to get a higher capacity battery for it? does anyone know if I can do this and if so what battery would I need and how long does it last?

Thanks in advance


Answer:Equium L20-264 battery/memory upgrades

Hi Gats,

Your notebook has two memory banks (usually accessible under a small flap on the bottom of the unit). It should have just one slot in use at present with a 256Mb card installed. New RAM modules are available in 256Mb, 512Mb and 1Gb sizes so to get the full 2Gb you will need to replace the existing 256Mb card with 2 X 1Gb modules.

The Toshiba UK website does not list any available options for your model (!?!) but I have found available options on the following web-site :-

I don't believe it will be possible to fit an extra capacity battery to your notebook and the 1.5 hours that you quote seems about right to me for this model.


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Hi -

I have a Satellite 1800-412 that is getting very slow so I'm planning to upgrade the memory. I've been hunting around a few different sites to see what I can buy and there seem to be differing opinions about which memory will actually fit my laptop:

Kingston's website says that I'll need their KTT-SO100/256
...but another site suggested the KTT-S0815/256

Both websites claim that this is the chip that will work.

I also looked on the Toshiba website and found the part number PA3069U-1M25 is the one that I'm looking for, but the chips I've found for sale online recommended for my laptop have different Toshiba part numbers...

Help! I'm confused!
What exactly do I need to buy? Are there actually several different chips that would work, or are some of these sites trying to sell me the wrong one?

Thanks for your help,


Answer:Memory upgrades for Satellite 1800-412


I have found info that your unit can handle with 1024 MB max. Compatible memory module is PC100 256MB (PA3069U-1M25). This module is tested and it will be recognized properly.

I recommend you to use right and tested one as cheaper but maybe not tested one.

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Hello, I received this laptop (IBM Thinkpad R40 2681-KNU) back in August 2003 (just after the hellish blackout that K/O'd my first desktop computer) in 2004 I upgraded the ram by buying a 2nd 256MB ram chip bringing the ram upto 512MB, which at the time was quite good, however now this thing is slow and I would like to purchase 2 512MB ram chips and give it 1GB of ram which from what I remember is it's max capacity for ram. unfortunatly I have no idea of what ram I need for this old beast nor what places still sell it after all this time...  Can anyone here help me out? 

Answer:IBM Thinkpad R40 2681-KNU - memory upgrades

Welcome to the forum! Your R40 will actually take 2GB of PC2100 or 2700 (DDR266 or 333) laptop RAM. Best place to shop...eBay. Hope this helps.

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I just purchased a 15-af173nr  and I want to look at upgrading the memory on this system and adding a second hard drive. I have not been able to find anything on line for this. Can someone please advise what is the max RAM this system can handle and what types of hard drives are available for this system. thanks 

Answer:15-af173nr harddrive and memory upgrades

You have the AMD version which is pretty limited for upgrades. There are 2 memory slots but they are hard to get at and the warranty is jeopardized by doing so. Same with the hard drive. There is only a single SATA bay for hard drives. No M.2 slot for a second drive. Putting a 2d hard drive in an optical adapter is possible but not generally a good solution.  This is the Service Manual: Manual Start on p. 37 to see what you would be getting into to upgrade. To get the best performance out of it you would want to add another 4 gigs of RAM to make 8 gigs. No need for any more than that. And you would want to toss the 5400 rpm spinner hard drive and install an SSD. Happy to help as long as we go into the process with open eyes. A lot of people run for the hills (or Geek Squad) when they see what is involved.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Hi all, I have a Thinkpad T440-20B7A1CPU: Intel, Core? i5 Haswell, 4210U, 1.7 GHz RAM: DDR3L - 4Gb i checked maximum supported memory in and it supports to 12 GB but i'm considering that I use CPU-Z to check number of RAM Slot and the result only shows 1 slot as the pic below:? So does my Thinkpad support to 12 Gb of memory? I want to buy a new RAM (8Gb) to upgrade my system to 12Gb, is it possible for my case? Tks all. 

Answer:ThinkPad T440 memory upgrades

some t440 motherboards have onboard memory - some do not.  If your board has onboard memory, you have a free slot.  If you do not have onboard memory, you have a 4gb dimm which can be replaced by a 8gb dimm.

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Hello. I have a serious question that needs to be answered regarding memory upgrades and Windows 7.

I have the ASUS P5Q motherboard with the Core 2 Quad Professor (Q9550). I also have Windows 7 Professional, 2 licensed copies. Now, on one hard drive partition I have Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit. On the same system on another hard drive partition, I just installed Windows 7 64-Bit. Now, right now I have a total of 4 GB of the CorsairXMS2 memory installed [DIMM-RWIN2x4096-6400C5 -or- Corsair 4 GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2-6400) Dual Channel Memory, 240-Pin, Non-ECC, Unbuffered] on this system. No issues so far with 32-Bit & 64-Bit versions of Windows 7 with the 4 GB of RAM. Now I plan to buy another 4 GB of the same memory modules to have a total of 8 GB. I know the 8 GB is rated great for the Windows 7 64-Bit. Now, what about the 8GB for the Windows 7 32-Bit??? Any issues having that much memory (8 GB) for the Windows 7 32-Bit??? I mean I am not about to take out EACH TIME the extra 4 GB from the motherboard when I boot into Windows 7 32-Bit.

Please reply.

Thank you!

Answer:I Have A Question Regarding Memory Upgrades In Win7 32&64-Bit.

Hello Montecarlo,

The 32-bit Windows 7 will only recognize up to 4 GB no matter how much you have installed, so you will not need to remove any RAM when you boot into the 32-bit Windows 7. The extra 4 GB will just not be available.

Of course when you boot into the 64-bit Windows 7, all 8 GB will be available.

Hope this helps,

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All, Thought I'd share my experience (still unresolved and not looking good) on upgrading the memory to my 3 month old T400s.  I originally purchased the laptop with 4gb of memory (2 x 2gb).  I started bumping against that limit so I purchased a 4gb Lenovo chip (#51J0943) in order to have a total of 6gb memory installed (1x4gb & 1x2gb).   Immediately started having display problems.  Removing the new 4gb chip resolved the issue as well as not mixing pairs.  Upon calling Lenovo support, we thought I'd received a bad 4gb chip, so I returned it and ordered a new one.  However, the new chip also gives me the same problem.   Pic of the problem caused: Incompatible memory I believe I have discovered the root cause of the incompatible and its one Lenovo has yet to offer a solution for.  Basically, the CAS latency of the chips differ.  The original T400s chips are CAS 5 and the new Lenovo memory chips are CAS 7.  You see, Lenovo has discontinued and replaced the original memory with memory of different settings and which have proven incompatible with the original chips shipped in the T400s.   Please be sure to check your original memory before upgrading...  you can verify it here:  memory compatibility.  If you have any of the discontinued chips (51J0493, 43R1988, 43R1987) check if they are CAS 5 or CAS 7.  The new chips all appear to be CAS 7 and not compatible as stated... Read more

Answer:Warning to all about T400s memory upgrades...

afaik (though i might be wrong) cas latency does not affect compatability...

----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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Well I got all my info backed up finally thanks to you guys here, and now I have a new hard drive to install. At the store I also bought my self a new stick of memory. And my question is should I install the mem or the hd first, the same time or does it matter?


Win 98 2nd
600 Mhz Proc
192 ramm

Answer:Hard Drive VS Memory

I see no problem with doing them both at the same time


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Question: Hard drive\memory

I am running windows xp on a hp pavillion desk top
A friend is sending me another hard drive and some more memory.
Can I connect two hard drives or should I just keep the other as a spare.
Is memory the same as ram( a stick that I can just put into the slot)
I am not new at computers but I am not knowledgeable about this

Answer:Hard drive\memory

You can connect the hard disk together and you find a standard cable has a spare plug too. There is a small jumper to connect two pins together for you to select

(1) Master
(2) Slave
(3) Cable select

Some manufacturer has another setting for a master working alone. There should be small diagrams on the disk showing the three positions of the jumper.

Best way is put both hard drives on cable select. The one goes to the end plug is alway the master and the one to the middle plug is automatically a slave. With one drive only alway plug to the end of cable.

Ram is a solid state memory (no moving part) while hard disk is like a record player with moving parts. Both give storage but the latter is for large volume of data that does not disappear when you switch off the machine.

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Question: Hard drive memory

Properties show free space 20% on 180 GB drive.   When I check the program files and my documents and C drive, the total is only half of what is shown as being used.   What is going on that the pie chart shows most of the drive being used and not free?  

Answer:Hard drive memory

check your rescue and recovery backup files, it is probably used by the backups of your systems. start -> program -> thinkvantage -> rescue and recovery. Delete those that you don't need.

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I'm just wondering why my hard drive memory increased from installing a game (Fate)?
It went from 44 gb to 44.4 gb, is there a reason to this?

Answer:my hard drive memory went up

Which one went up, the free space or the used space?

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I have a question, not sure if it's possible... I have 2 HD, 160 and 40gigs... i hardly use the 40... no i have 512mb ram, is it possible to convert some of that 40gigs and kinda make more ram from that then go out and buy more ram?

Answer:hard drive and memory

you can increase the Paging File
right click My Computer
-> properties
-> advanced
-> settings (performance)
-> advanced
-> change (Vitual Memory)

paging file is a file on the hard drive used as RAM.
the advantage is the ability to increase virtual memory
the disadvantage is the speed of the hard drive. it is much slower than normal RAM.
for that reason, I disable paging file on my system completely. but I have 1GB RAM, and I wouldn't recommend disabling it if you have any less than about 768MB RAM, unless you really do not run enough programs to take much RAM

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ok basically I'm running low on memory on my laptop, now my other hardrive area is preety much vacant, now how do I begin to save on that area?

I'm not sure whether its a seperate hardrive or psrtitioned or anything.


Answer:hard drive memory help

You can make your page file bigger but that will slow your computer down a ton and put a lot of wear on the hard drive. (and use more battery power)

You should get more memory.

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Hello, recently my computers hard drive memory has been almost completely filled up. I recently re installed windows so i had practically nothing on my computer. I had about 3 video games and about 100 pictures on my computer. I have a 250gb hard drive on windows vista sp2. For some reason it says around 245gb of memory is taken but the games and pictures come nowhere near that amount of memory. Any clues as to what may be the problem?

Answer:Hard drive memory gone

A reinstall can and will often leave the "old Windows" on the HDD taking up space. Unless you did a thorough cleaning (wipe and reformat) of the HDD I will assume this is the case. Have a look at the C: drive and see if there are "Old Windwos" folders.

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I partition & formatted my hard drive, when I check to see memory on my computer icon, most of the memory is gone, how do I retrieve the memory back?

Answer:memory gone from hard drive

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Question: hard drive memory

my problem is my pc needed a had two partions c drive/data d a total of 224gigs 112 on each partion.i took it to my brothers as i was installing more ram this he did as well as reinstalling op now only has 127 gigs on c drive i not know whats gone there a way to restore lost memory.

Answer:hard drive memory

Is your copy of XP(if its XP) pre service pack?.The original XP could only see HDD up to 127GB.Also did you delete both partitions before installing a new copy of XP.

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i hate to sound like a noob but well umm i am still learning .
i have alot of games but only so much space on my hard drive i also do movies and music what i am wondering do they all have to go on your hard drive?can you dl games to your memory?
i guess what i am saying is i need more room on my hard drive how can i get that without haveing to buy a new one or constantly dl and uninstalling games so that i can play another or store music and movies without useing all my harddrive space?will they function from a different location?how does that work?
point and i will read just need to know where and what to read so this dummy can get better performace out of what his cheap arse has
ty in advance for the info!

example: i do guild wars online it is a big program if i dl alil music and another game (call of duty 2) and then see a movie i might want to duplicate : i have to unistall something to make room for back up?

it is a real pain in my rear and i really want to figure out what i am doing wrong?

Answer:hard drive or memory?

the best bet would be to get another hard drive whether internal or external. Otherwise you could burn music to cd's so they dont clutter up the hard drive. you could also clean up the hard drive and get rid of old stuff you dont want or need and defrag it. you cant install stuff into ram, ram is what your system uses to operate . hope that helps

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Answer:pc memory/hard drive

The hard drive stores files such as image files word documents etc and u can instal programs on it.The Memory is where programs run and is emptied when u excite a program or shut down your PC.

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Hi all, ive got an old thinkpad x22 2662-59d model, and want to see about upgrading it. what memory and hard drive can i get? i was looking on a site called zoombits at their memory, but they haven't got anything for my model that i can see. thanks all!

thinkpad x22 2622 95g

Answer:what hard drive and memory?

Hi darthballs,It supports PC-133 SDRAM (maximum of 640Mb) memory and  2.5" (9.5mm) IDE / ATA / PATA drive up to whatever the maximum size is available in market.Hope it helps.

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I would like to install a new motherboard, CPU and memory in my current computer using my current hard drives and current Windows XP.

My question is, can I install the above items in my current case and just hook up my current hard drives and have my current configuration of Windows XP boot? Or will Windows XP not allow a boot up?

OR, if is install the MB, CPU and memory, will I have to reinstall XP?

Thanks for advice,

Answer:New MB, CPU, Memory and Old Hard drive

I believe that if you were just changing your cpu and ram, you would be OK to keep you're current copy of windows, however I have always had to do a new windows install when I have got a new mobo.

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Hey, this is my first post so please bear with me.......
My hard drive memory is really low. I regularly clear my temp files which improves matters a little but not conclusively. I really cant understand why it is so low as i use an alternative drive for storing all large files such as music and photos, and do not play games so have no large programs installed. its showing 9% free but it should be over 50% i think.
I would be very grateful for some help here. Many thanks

Answer:low hard drive memory

Three things to do to find the cause
Update your anti virus, then run a full scan
Download, update and make a full scan with malwarebytes

If Negative

Take memtest
Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

If memory is ok test with clean boot
same for Vista

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Hi,Thanks for looking at my post ;-)The problem i am having is that i upgraded to AOL BroadBand but my computer has become very sluggish,My AOL Resoures(system information) is saying that i am using 100% of my memory,So i bought a 128 mb to replace my 64mb but my computer still says that 60mb(4mb-video) is still in there,I went to MSCONFIG and changed that from 64mb to 128mb but it still says on AOL resoures(system information) that im using 60mb and that im still using 100% of my memory,If any body can help me i would like to thank you in advance.

Answer:sony vaio memory upgrades pcg-f801a

Read this from Crucial. I would get a matched 128Mgb as the one you have and run on 256Mgb PC100 SODIMM. If the one you have is faulty then send it back and order 2 x 128 Mgb from below. Or it could be a BIOS problem not recognising the bigger modules so my husband said (ardvarc) as he has had the 801 model for over 3 1/2 years with maximum RAM. Like him it doesn't get out much ;-))click here

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Hello. I have a serious question that needs to be answered regarding memory upgrades and Windows 7.

I have the ASUS P5Q motherboard with the Core 2 Quad Professor (Q9550). I also have Windows 7 Professional, 2 licensed copies. Now, on one hard drive partition I have Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit. On the same system on another hard drive partition, I just installed Windows 7 64-Bit. Now, right now I have a total of 4 GB of the CorsairXMS2 memory installed [DIMM-RWIN2x4096-6400C5 -or- Corsair 4 GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2-6400) Dual Channel Memory, 240-Pin, Non-ECC, Unbuffered] on this system. No issues so far with 32-Bit & 64-Bit versions of Windows 7 with the 4 GB of RAM. Now I plan to buy another 4 GB of the same memory modules to have a total of 8 GB. Now, I know the 8 GB is rated great for the Windows 7 64-Bit. Now, what about the 8GB for the Windows 7 32-Bit??? Any issues having that much memory (8 GB) for the Windows 7 32-Bit??? I mean I am not about to take out EACH TIME the extra 4 GB when I boot into Windows 7 32-Bit from the motherboard.

Please reply.

Thank you

Answer:RE: I have a question regards memory upgrades having installed Win7 32&64-Bit.

The ONLY difference between 32-bit and 64-bit is the amount of memory it can address, in the case of 32-bit that limit is 32^2 (4GB). The processor cannot see any memory above that limit so it is simply be ignored.

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My System:

-Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

-i7 CPU @ 920 2.67GHz 2.79GHz

-RAM 12.0G (4GB DDR3-1333 PC3 10600, UDIMM 240 Pin)x3

-ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Overclocked 1536MB 384-bit

-Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD3R

-Power Supply: TX 650Watt
Recently I upgraded to the GTX 580 and also upgraded my RAM to 12 gigs. Since the upgrades, I've had a heck of a time getting my PC to work properly. irql_not_less_or_equal BSODs as well as Driver_not_less_or_equal BSODs and no matter how many times I upgrade my drivers nothing gets fixed. This recent memory upgrade is the third one I've tried in six months. It feels like I can't buy new memory without at least one stick being bad. I'm getting pretty crazed.

Any thoughts or ideas? I replace the RAM properly, and it seems unlikely that I'm getting a DOA stick every time I order new memory. Thanks for any help.


Answer:Hardware upgrades to GPU and Memory causing problems

Since you changed the vid card and the RAM have you considered that it's not the RAM but something to do with the video card? Did you remove all the ofd drivers before installing the new ones?

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I have a problem with my laptop. It is a new machine with windows XP, 512Mb ram, and a forty gig hard drive. My wife was using it and she had two applications open, Word and Excel. When my wife went to save her work she received an error message saying the hard drive was full. So being the woman she is she saved it to a flash drive she had bought. When I looked at the files in question they totalled no more than seven hundred kilo bytes. I am worried now in case the drive is faulty.Can you help please?

Answer:No memory!!! hard drive full

How much of the drive shows as full when you right click on the drive and look at "properties"?

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The H/D on my Acer lap-top (5720G) is split into two partitions. The C drive is now getting short of memory, so I would like to grab some from the D drive and move it over to C. How do I do this?

Answer:Moving memory in hard drive

I think you must mean that your C Partition is getting full dont you,they dont have seperate memory?

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Evening all, could someone please tell how to find where my memory is being used by each program?,Acronis partition was using 46GB, I have reduced this to 10GB, I did not see the large improvement in c drive I was expecting.I have 58GB free from usable memory of 186GB. I do not have much information stored from my input, the rest is mainly programs. I do hope you all can understand this writeup. regards Aine

Answer:hard drive memory /program used

I think you mean disk space not memory (RAM). WinDirStat shows where disk space is being used including a graphical display. Just let the mouse pointer hover over the coloured areas to identify different file types, here click here

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My wife's ACER 5100 has lately slowed WAY down. It takes forever to boot and do anything. When it does finish booting the memory is 80% used up and the hard drive light is constantly flashing... I ran CCleaner and Easy Cleaner, as well as a full system virus scan. Any clue what the problem could be and how to fix it? I have attached the hijackthis log, but after that have no clue
Thanks for any suggestions.


Answer:Memory is all used up and hard drive ia always busy,,,

I see in your log that she has pcap installed. This is used legitimately in network monitoring/diagnosis software to capture info flowing across the wire. If you have never installed such software, I would deem it suspicious, as capturing network traffic can reveal account #s and other juicy things of interest to hackers.

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Hi, I wonder if you can advise me how I can identify what memory type I need on my old HP Brio/Windows 2000 PC in order to upgrade it (currently 256mb)Also I'd like to fit a larger hard drive (currently 10g) how do I go about that and again how do I identify what I needMany thanks. Harley D

Answer:Upgrade Memory & Hard Drive

Try click hereIt's a very comprehensive site and should be of help.

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I've just had a Corsair SATA 120Gb hard drive installed in my new computer. Trouble is when I checked how much memory I've got it said that it's only 111Gb in total with 67Gb free! I understand that a big chunk of memory would be taken up with basic systems memory, but it said I only have a drive with 111Gb in TOTAL, not the 120Gb as it says on the box! Can anyone explain where all the memory's gone?

Answer:Missing Hard Drive Memory?

For the record, memory and hard drive space are two separate things. That being said, hard drives have always had lower actual sizes than advertised. For years, the explanation was printed on the sides of the boxes, but it's become common knowledge, so the warnings typically aren't printed anymore.

A gigabyte isn't 1000 megabytes, it's 1024 megabytes. A megabyte isn't 1000 kilobytes, it's 1024....and so on. 111 GB of actual space on a 120 GB drive is normal.

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It seems that my computer whenever i go in the hard drive is just losing memory randomly and is very frustrating as i have used 71GB out of 465GB and i only have 2 games installed and Anti-Virus.

Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
4.00GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

All it does is randomly dissapear and i want to know where it is going?

Answer:Hard Drive Memory dissapearing

It is not really memory that you are loosing, it is hard drive space that you are missing. How much free space do you have left. You should have 424GB left. If this is right, you have nothing to worry about. All is well

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I'm in the process of fixing a horribly infected computer, so the most logical thing to do is to reformat, but the problem is after the reformatation, i found that the other partitions were infected, and to make matters worse they re-infected (to my surprise) the partition i JUST formatted (virus scan of the reformatted partition showed approx 60 virues, bugs, trojans)

so the genius in me thought that i could just delete those partitions and re-allocate them into the c drive, and then reformat again...
when i tried that the d:/e: (2 other probably infected partitions) did NOT became unallocated space, instead, they just disappeared!
so when i look at the windows setup reformation screen, it only recognizes my C: drive to be active, even when i use various other programs to look for the other partitions, they exist, and can be restored, but only to replace the C: and will not recognize the full hard drive memory of 80 gigs.

Currently my computer stands at this status:
C: 40 gigs Recognized, allocated, windows xp installed, cleaned of viruses (because d/e are missing)
D: 30 gigs missing, ?, windows xp installed (inactive,used to originally take out important files after the initial virus issue, c drive did not have enough memory to carry another copy of Windows XP), probally still virus
e: 10 gigs missing, ?, just memory, probally still viruses

Of the 80 gig hard drive, only 40 recognized

So my problems is, i'm missing 40 gigs, it should have been una... Read more

Answer:Missing Hard drive Memory

If all else fails, reformat with Fdisk. Check your disk manager (start>control panel>administrative tools>computermanagement>disk Management), and do a print screen.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600 with a 60 gig hard drive and 1 gig of memory. I run AutoCad and do drawings for my cabinet shop and the hard drive is almost full. If I bought a new 320 gig hard drive what's the best way to transfer the data? The only discs I have are the ones Dell sent with the original CPU. I have read in other posts that there is some times a problem reloading the operating system if you don't have the original retail installation disc.I have Carbonite service but I don't know if that will help or not.
Forgive me if this is a stupid question. I've been building cabinets for 30 years but I'm only 7 years old in computer.

Answer:Time for new hard drive and more memory.

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I'll soon be installing 2 additional memory chips, an extra parallel port and a second hard drive in my Compaq Presario 5461 with Win98-v2 OS. I want to do this all at the same time.

I've read that whenever something like that is done, I should back up everything, and make note of all my BIOS settings BEFORE I even open up the tower to install the new components.

Is this true?

Where do I find and record the BIOS settings for my Compaq??

Answer:Installing Memory and Hard Drive

When you bootup your computer, it'll usually say something like "Hit DEL to enter Setup" during the RAM count. This would be the BIOS. As for whther to backup, yes!!!!!!! There's a good chance a screwup will happen, whether your fault or not.

Just remember, i could be wrong.

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I've never understood the relationship of hard drive capacity to RAM to system resources to whatever. Can someone give me a short-course explanation and tell me if I have enough stuff for today's needs? I have the following: Intel Pentium II with MMX, 300 Total RAM: 192 MB. 5 GB hard drive. System resources: 58 percent free. Don't play computer games much, but have lots of applications going, such as McAfee, Popup Ad Filter, Zone Alarm, a calendar program, Webshots photos, Ad-aware, Easy CD Creator. Also, how do I shut down some of the applications so they are running only when I want to use them? Do I just exit using the shortcut on the Desktop? Thanks.

Answer:Computers 101: Hard drive, RAM, Memory.

I'm sure someone will help me out here, but here's the short of it. Given what you are running I would say you're pushing it just a bit. Although it depends on how your system responds. If it seems sluggish or just plain slow then your tasking it a bit too hard. The pop up filter probably doesn't eat a lot of resources, and neither will Ad-Aware. The virus scanner and firewall will consume a good bit and I don't know about Webshots or the calendar program.

What operating system are you using? If you are using anything except Windows 2000 you can go to Start>Run type msconfig and press enter. Go to the startup tab and uncheck the programs that you don't want to run. They will launch automatically if needed but they won't run at startup which will free up some resources for you.

You may consider adding some RAM to your rig. That would help a good deal. Depending on your motherboard it would most likely hold 384Mb of RAM. If you want to add hardware then we really need some more detailed specs of your system.

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Hi Everyone,

I've had this problem with multiple hard drives, but when I delete a file or uninstall a program and go back to check to see if my disk has more space available, the free space doesn't change. (This occurs both on OS partition and extra storage partitions)

- I had norton Ghost installed and but uninstalled it along with the whole norton restore thing.
- I did empty the recycle bin
- I did a windows provided disk cleanup
- I would like to defrag but i don't have enough space.

If just feels like the memory isn't freeing up. I'm not sure what it is that taking up so much space. When i right click on C:\ and check the properties it tells me that I have used up 14.5gigs of the 15gigs available but then i go into the drive and check the file size of each individual folder (i.e "Program Files", "Windows", ...) then add up the files sizes, it doesn't come near the size of 14.5gigs. More like 8gigs.
Where's the rest of my 6gigs go?

I'm juggling with 700mb on my OS drive and would like to free more space.

*edit* The hard drive is NTFS format

Answer:Hard Drive memory problem

Give BCwipe a try. Download and install then try the wipe all free space option.

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I am running 32 bit vista and have a hard drive memory of 69.1 GB.

I kept getting messages to say computer very low on memory. I uninstalled all programmes except those installed as factory settings, virus scanner and microsoft office. I also did disk cleanup numerous times to no avail. I couldn't understand what was taking up so much memory.

I removed all photos which freed up about 6GB so was pleased with this. However,.....only a few days later I have only 996MB left and I haven't installed anything else. The only thing was a vista update which it said was important, but surely this would not take up so much space

Please help as I don't know what is taking up space and what to do

Answer:Help my hard drive memory disappears

I do not think that you mean hard drive memory. Memory has nothing to do with the hard drive. The rest of your post is worded as though you have lost space on your hard drive, space that is unaccounted for. If I am correct this is what you do
Make a full anti virus scan
Then download and make a full scan with malwarebytes.
If these steps do not produce any meaningful results
Download win dir stat which will allow you to see exactly what is on your hard drive.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
Usually when questions like this come up, it is discovered that Shadow copies are taking up room, ie the system restore points. If you want to free the space taken by system restore, turn off system restore, then boot, then turn on system restore, then make a system restore point. You do not want to remove all the points as they are there in case of emergency.
System Restore

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Forgive me if I've posted this in the wrong forum. Hopefully if I did a moderator will move it to the right place.

I've got a Dell Inspiron running Windows 7. I just opened a my computer window and noticed that I have almost no space left on my C drive. I've got 1.8 GB free of 58.5 GB, down from 2.5 GB left just a few weeks ago. I have no clue how I've chewed up that much hard drive space.

This is my work computer and I don't use it for anything other than internet access and word processing. I run Chrome, and Word Perfect for word processing. The only data intensive folder I have is My Pictures, and it's got about 12.4 GB.

At the same time, it shows I've got 396 GB free of 397 GB on my D drive (local disk). So here are my questions:

1. Does anyone have any idea why I'm losing so much space on my C drive? I don't have a lot of stuff loaded on this computer and certainly my Word Perfect documents aren't gobbling up that much space.

2. Can I move folders into the D drive to start using space there?

Answer:Hard drive memory is disappearing

Have you recently run a disk cleanup tool? There is one built into Windows. Type "Disk Cleanup" into the start button search box.

Windows gradually gets larger to some extent through updates. But mine is under 30 GB and always has been.

How much space do you have allotted to System Restore. That can be reduced to save space if needed.

Do you use hibernation? If not, you can turn it off and save gigabytes equal to the amount of RAM you have.

Are C and D on the same hard drive? If so, you can in effect take space from D and give it to C.

You can also save files to D directly, but that probably would involve some manipulation of your "user" folders.

How large is your C:\users folder?

If possible, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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I have an old computer with a 386 processor and a 1.5gb hard drive which I re-formatted. When I tried to reinstall windows 95 it reported insufficient space. The hard disk is now only registering a capacity of 75mb?? How can I get the PC to recognise the 1.5Gb??

Answer:hard drive memory problems

Is it a full windows 95 disc not a restore disc. and have you got all drivers and software you need to reinstall

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I've been having a problem like so many others with mysteriously disappearing hard drive space. It has been rather full for most of the time I've had it (i have lots of music and pictures) but it's never been an issue.
Lately though it's been in the red, the least amout of disk space i've had is 4 something GB left of 62.2. I tried deleting programs, deleting restore points, disk cleanups and that sort of thing like everyone else has suggested and it seemed to work for a time, and then I ran a disk defrag and all the sudden more and more memory was disappearing each time i would refresh the window. I stopped the defrag, deleted some more stuff and it seems to be stable at 7.52. I was wondering what exactly I can get rid of to get more memeory (I am not very computer illiterate and am afraid of deleting files and programs I need...) and was wondering why in general my memory was filling each time i would refresh the page.
It's a dell inspiron 1525 with vista home basic if that helps.

Thanks so much.

Answer:Disappearing Hard Drive Memory. please help!

First lets be sure that the memory is being used for legit purppses
Run a full Anti Virus Scan
Download and run a full and updated malwarebytes
How to Fix Shrinking Disk Space in Vista ? My Digital Life
applicable to Vista

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Having trouble on a fiends computer, P2, 233Hz, slow i know.But it been playing , on boot up, its ben checking memory, but has started to run thorugh this approx 3 imes before O.King it self, and then loading win98,But i has started to crash on boot up, get he post boot checks doe and then stops, requesting operating system in,Has anyone got any suggestion concerning why it keeps checking memory?and why it as started crashing on boot?Could this be just doen to memory, or is there something else happening, recently before all this happened I had put in a new 20Gb seagate hard drive in, could and if this has something to to with it, and how can I tell?

Answer:Is It bad memory, hard drive or conflict ?

If you want to stop the memory check just press ESC. Have you booting into safe mode? From there you could run scan disk and system file checker. If it won't boot into safe mode then try running scan disk from the C: promptTo boot into safe mode I have always pressed the Ctrl key as the PC is booting up before it gets to loading windows but others prefer to press F8. You will get a menu and you can choose which option you want by using the arrow keys

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Hello...I have a W700ds and I just installed a second hard drive (500 GB) to my machine. So now I have a 500 GB drive (using this as the primary) and a 160 GB (secondary) drive. I also just installed Vista 64 on the machine. I made sure to set my drives to non RAID, so that I may use them as two separate drives. When I boot up, before Windows comes up, I can see that it finds both drives. Under "Physical Disks" it shows 465.7 GB and 149 GB. The issue is when Windows finally comes up. I check Windows Explorer and it states that I now have a 316 GB drive and a 137 GB drive. My questions are, why did the drive go from 465.7 GB to  316 GB? Also, is there a way to recover the "missing" storage space. If so, please let me know how. Thanks in advance, for your help. --Max

Answer:Where is the rest of my hard drive memory?

Look for some hidden partitions. Lenovo creates them for recovery. If you have created recovery DVDs you "could" delete them. I would keep them around until I "really" needed the space.

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Somehow adding 1Gb mem (2x512Mb) causes my PC to either reboot spontaneously or not see my HD at bootup.

I remove the additional mem and it boots and runs fine (note: running with just the two new sticks is fine as well).

The bios is reading all new mem correctly at POST.

Answer:Adding memory -> can't see Hard Drive?

It's obvious that the two sets of memory are not going to play well together.

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A week ago I had same problem 130 gig of hard drive memory and
was vanishing throughout the day.
it got down to 15 gig then I dont know what i did but it came back
Now yesterday same problem memory is vanishing and I went from 130 gig to 24 gig. How do I fix this

Answer:Hard drive memory vanished

This should help point you to the culprit in pretty short order.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

My first guess is virtual memory is shooting out of control for some reason. would more than likely be the result of a bad app running.

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Hello guys ,I wonder if someone can help me.I bought a laptop few days ago ,OS windows 7and 320 GB hard drive,I am losing so much memory more than 35 GB so far without instaling any thing on it ,I just did the recovery disc thing when I started ,I'd love to know where did this memory go ?thanks

Answer:hard drive memory loss

Why is this thread marked Solved? Did you find the solution to your question?

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i have a new samsung laptop running windows 7 64bit.when i first set it up the 1tb hard drive partitioned. that was ok, everything worked fine. a couple of days later i couldn't start windows, no idea why. as it was new and not a lot of files on it yet i reset it to when i first recieved it. now the hard drive shows 2 partitions ,one of 360gb and one of 54mb. how do i get back to 1tb of hard drive?

Answer:memory missing from hard drive

You can do it two ways - Windows 7 has its own built in Disk Management Partition Tool or you can use a 3rd party Free download (EaseUs) - this link provides instructions for both - enter link description here

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My laptop is an advent 7201 which I bought about 3 months ago and is windows vista home premium.For the past 2 months,it has shown approx. 46GB free of 69.1GB.I installed sony ericsson PC suite on it transferred my photos from my camera phone to my laptop,then since I got a message that CAPI WORKER MODULE had stopped working,I uninstalled sony ericsson PC suite.My computer now shows 52GB free of 69.1GB.As far as I can see,everything on my computer is working O.K. and I am certain I did not uninstall anything else.Can anyone please explain to me why I now have more memory?

Answer:Hard drive memory puzzle.

When you removed the software did it perhaps take all the photos with it?Just a suggestion, I haven't a clue but if it did do that it wouldn't affect the way windows runs at all.

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I cannot remember what the Hard Drive requirements are for the Windows 10 upgrade but I  do remember that when I read it I immedialy concluded my Tablet has nowhere near enough free space, with only just over 3 GB at present (and likely to become less).  Am I right in thinking that the fact that W10 will be replacing W8.1, so the memory memory it occupies. will be available, does not alter this?  It might be a daft question (I have quite limited expertise!) but it got me wondering if an external USB HD or some other device can be used?  I have read that any recent machine (mine is only a few months old) which can run Windows 8 now, will be able to run Windows 10. The suppliers of my Quantum View 10.1 Tablet emailed customers while ago to tell us we would be eligable for the upgrade.
I would welcome some clarification of this issue. 

Answer:Hard Drive Does Not Have Enough Free Memory?

I found the article that set me thinking.  A quote below ---- for my own benefit really as I expect the rest of you are familiar with it already. 
'So once again, to reiterate, if you bought your computer in the past, well five years or so, you are going to get pretty good performance out of Windows 10. It may even run on older devices.'

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I would like to upgrade my hard drive to a SSD and also upgrade memory. I have a HP model 15-g010dx laptop/

Answer:Upgrade memory and hard drive to ssd

Roozell Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Both are certainly doable. Here is the Maintenance and Service Guide for your laptop: Memory and drive information are on page 2. As to memory, there is only one slot, and it will hold a memory stick up to 8GB. As to SSD, any 2.5" SSD should work without problems. The Easiest way to migrate to an SSD is to use one with the same capacity as your hard drive, connect the SSD to the laptop using a USB-to-Hard-Drive cable, and use a "cloning" app to migrate the contents of the HDD to the SSD. When this is done, all you have to do is then swap the SDD for the HDD in the laptop. My personal recommendation is to use a third party tool known as Macrium Reflect to do the cloning. What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB drive adapter3) Follow the instructions in this link: Shutdown the PC when done5) Swap the drives and reboot the PC. You should boot from the new drive without any problems. Good Luck

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I have a Gigabyte 7ZXE Mother Board1.1 Gig AMD Duron Processor40 Gig Western Digital Ptotege UDMA 100 Hard DriveI tried replacing the extisting 64MB memory with Crucial 256MB 168DIMM PC133 NP CL3.I checked with thew crucial web page to get correct memory for the Mother Board.However when I installed the memory the hard drive failed.Any ideas?

Answer:add memory - hard drive fails

When you did all this you could have messed up the bios if u took power off is ur battery low ? is it a slave or master, if you had to take the ribbion off to get at the ram slot's is back in right order ???

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Hello Member,
I have a problem with my PC. I could not see all files been saved on my desktop. I have a system check window that comes up with the following error message:
Hard Drive and memory errors are detected on your PC
To fix detected critical errors you I will need to purchase the full version of the product
Please help me

Answer:Hard Drive Memory Error

Not sure but it maybe be virus especially if they want money off you.
Until someone can give you the proper advice try downloading Malwarebytes updating and run it to see if it finds any problems.

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Just bought an external hard drive with 160GB memory. I tried to download all of my present hard drive file 32GB to the external one. It transfered 4GB and then I got an error message saying "you have either run out of space or the backup file is too large for the disk. Note, if the disk is formatted with FAT32 the maximum possible size for the backup file is limited to 4GB."
I have no idea what all of this means. Can you help me? I have windows XP.

Answer:External Hard Drive-Memory

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A friend of mine has a Maxtor 120gb hard drive that has beem formated and reformateded and also partitioned. The problem is this-- He recently had a new computer built and took this drive out and had it installed in his new box BUT the drive now will only seem to format to 40gb. No matter what he does it will not go back to 120 gb. Any ideas what is going on? He sure doesn't want buy another new H/D.

Answer:Solved: Hard drive memory

What are the specs of the new system?

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Can't find manuals or videos for this specific model disassembly. I'm an IT pro and I don't want to chance damaging an HP case (I just did that to a G3). Help? Ideas? 

Answer:How to replace memory or hard drive?

Hello, Please try this : 1) Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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I am struggling with my hard drive memory on my laptop.

Im really struggling because I am unable to do things on my laptop now.

I have an acer aspire 4920 Laptop. Intel core 2 duo processor T5250, I have 120GB of memory. 1.5GHz, 867 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache. 2GB RAM. Thats all I know really.

In My C Drive I have 49.5GB of space and only have 2.93GB of space left.
In my D Drive I have 49.5GB of space and only have 6.92GB of space left.

I only have like 20GB at the most of music and photos etc but have hardly any hard drive memory left. What is happening to the rest of my hard drive memory???

I would like to know what to do to free memory up on my hard drive???

I dont understand why I have this problem of lack of space If I hardly have any media stored on.

Please could someone help me.

Answer:Lack Of Hard drive memory

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Hi i have a compaq presario pc with 512mb of ram and 80 gb hddrecenly i done a pc recovery to fix a faulty boot up after that i went on my computrer and i found two probslemsfirts one is that even thpugh i have a 80gb hdd the,compiter only says that total disk space is 68gbsecond of all i am very low on memory only have 4 gb leftany help would be good

Answer:Hard drive memory issue

Go here click here as you really have way to little ram in your PC.Have a look in disk management and see if you have another partition which might explain the missing Gb. Remember that because of the way harddrives are measured your 80Gb is really only 74.5GBs. So in effect only 6.5Gb are missing.I have no doubt someone here will explain where it has gone.

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Have a question regarding how to get memory off of external drive. I want to delete all memory from my hard drive. How do I do this? Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive-Memory

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