Thinking of upgrading your laptop parts? Take these steps first

**Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may contain affiliate links. For more information, click here.

We all love the new laptop smell when we first get our new computer. However, over the years our laptops start to show signs of wear and tear. Performance is slow, speed is crappy and strange errors pop up for absolutely no reason. Time for a new computer? Possibly. However, if you are not ready to make a huge purchase yet, you can see about upgrading the parts in your computer to make it run faster.

There are two main components in your laptop that usually affects your performance – your hard drive and your memory. Hard Drive affects the storage, reading data, and transferring files. Memory affects program performance and speed. People tend to replace these parts after a couple of years and they are able to get more life out of their precious machines. But before you jump in and go to buy parts, there are a few things you need to ask yourself.

Can the parts in your laptop be upgraded?

This question can be easily answered with a Google search of your laptop model. Majority of older laptops parts can be swapped, however with newer laptops it is getting trickier as companies are soldering everything to the motherboard, thus making it impossible for you to replace anything. But make sure you get this question answered first before doing anything else.

Also, a general rule of thumb is the thinner your laptop, the less likely the parts in it can be replaced. But still, do your research before anything else.

Does your laptop currently have a warranty?

If it does, I highly recommend against replacing the parts yourself. The reason being is that if something happens to your laptop and they find out you swap out the parts, the vendor will void the warranty and you will be out of a computer. If you don’t have a warranty, you are free to do what you want, just know that some risk does apply in regards to functionality.

Are you willing to risk doing the upgrade yourself?

Now, this question isn’t here to scare anyone, more so to inform you and be aware. Opening your laptop and doing anything inside of it comes with a lot of risks. There are a number of variables that can happen, and if you are not careful, your laptop can become unusable. So before you take the next step, be sure to inform yourself on any precautions to take. If you don’t feel comfortable with doing this upgrade yourself, take it to a professional.

Is it worth it doing the upgrade?

Sometimes we think replacing parts on a computer may solve our problems. But depending on the symptoms of your laptop, you probably would be better off replacing the laptop than doing an upgrade. If you are unsure or want clarification, take your laptop to a professional to have it looked at.

If you addressed these questions and are ready to take the next step, here’s what to do next:

Read the specs and user manual to your laptop

Before going into your computer to replace anything, you need to get to your computer first to get to know it better. Start by reading the user manual, specs and anything other information you can find. Pay special attention to how much RAM it can support if you are upgrading the memory. Pick the wrong memory type/size, and your computer may not turn on.

Look at some instructional videos/blogs

Sometimes folks like to make videos of replacing parts in their computers or write it out on a blog. You can look at those to get an idea of what parts are needed and any other important information you need to be aware of. Also to give you an idea of what to expect when opening your computer.

Start shopping!

Start getting the parts together for your laptop! You can start getting everything you need to start repairing your laptop. Besides your laptop parts you will need a mini screwdriver set to open the laptop. I’ll link those below along with some hard drives and memory.

Here are a list of parts to help you get started:

Screwdriver Set

45 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Toolkit – $11

Hard Drives

***Note: Hard Drive type may vary by laptop model. Double check the specs and be sure that your laptop will support the hard drive before making the purchase.

Seagate BarraCuda Mobile Hard Drive 1TB SATA – $45

Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD – $58

Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA M.2 Type 2280SS Internal SSD – $50


***Note: Memory tends to vary by laptop model, so not all memory will work. Double check the specs and be sure that your laptop will support the memory before making the purchase.

Patriot Memory Viper Series DDR4 16GB – $83

Corsair 8GB Module DDR4 – $42

Crucial 8GB DDR3 – $44

Corsair Apple Certified 16 GB (2×8 GB) DDR3 – $102

Bonus – Get yourself a MacBook Pro that you can upgrade here