06-09-2019 07:19 PM
Is it possible and what tools will I need? What is the best 4 GB module to buy if I can do this. Would like to stop the computer from "grinding" the hard drive so much... 🙄
06-09-2019 08:01 PM
Welcome to the forum.
I am not a HP employee.
Adding more memory may not solve a HDD grinding problem. Windows 10 runs best on 8 GB to 16 GB of memory.
The best upgrade to solve poor performance is going to a SSD.
HP Support, at this time, is not allowing me to review your PC's product specifications.
You need a SATA or PCIe SDD.
06-10-2019 01:06 AM
There are many possible upgrades.
Max RAM is 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM (2x8GB)
Example of RAM
On page 13 of doc below, you can see how to upgrade RAM
as @Grzwacz states, a 2.5" SSD would give a boost to performance. So, you could replace the hard drive with a 2.5" SATA3 SSD such as the 2.5" Samsung 860 Evo or similar
You can see on page 11 of the doc how to replace the drive (naturally you only need to open the device once 😀)
You can then perform a clean install of Windows 10 using media from Microsoft and let it completely update by going into settings and verifying for updates.
You can then install HP support assistant to update HP drivers and more
You could also consider upgrading the Pentium CPU you have in the machine to an Intel Core CPU, you can probably find used ones online for cheap.
If you look in the spec sheet below under Processor>Processor Upgrade Information you can see the compatible CPUs.
No more grinding!! 😅
Hope it helps,