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DV7 / Core i7 3610 quad @ 2.30/ 8 gb ram/ win 7 Home Premium (64 bit )

I would like to add (double) the ram in this machine but have never had the cover off and have no idea where the ram lives or how many sticks make up the 8 gigs it currently has. I need to speed things up with the ram upgrade and an SSD to help with my RAW photo processing. 

1) What type of ram does this machine use ?
2) Can I simply add more (another 8 gb stick) or do I replace the current with a 16 gb stick ?
3) What is the max amount of ram this machine will use ?

I'm a desktop type and have no clue what goes on inside a laptop. Thanks in advance. 

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According to official specs you have 2 x 4 gigs to equal 8. 

 

specs

 

Here is the Manual:

 

Service Manual

 

See page 53. The memory is inside the big T shaped cover on the bottom of the laptop. It can take up to 16 gigs of memory, 2 x 8 gig modules of this stuff:

 

8-GB memory module (PC3, 12800, 1600-MHz) 670034-001

 

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-PC3-12800-Notebooks-KTH-X3C-8G/dp/B0089MTP0W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1...

 

Memory prices are down again so this is a good time to buy. I tell most people to forget the 8 gigs to 16 gigs upgrade as most computer users do not need 16 gigs of RAM but processing RAW images to .jpgs or other format is an exception to that: you need all the memory and help you can get. 

 

An SSD is also a good idea. Your laptop can actually take 2 hard drives. I could write a book on the options that gives you and how to go about it, and I will if you post back and ask questions. 

 

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Thanks, Huffer. Very helpful. Two SSDs sounds like a plan also. I like that this machine has options.
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Better to do an SSD as the OS disk and then a mechanical drive for storage as the secondary. The secondary bay is not bootable so is purely for storage. You will need a second hard drive adapter which you can get a newmodeus.com. 

 

Process your RAW files from the SSD but store the finished product on the secondary drive. 

 

SSDs have come down in price but are still several times the price per gig of old school mechanical drives. It is real easy to just put the existing HDD in the secondary bay and buy one SSD, which I recommend be at least a 256 gig and preferably a 500. Samsung Evo 850 is the best to get in terms of bang for the buck. 


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OK, more common sense shared with the 63 year old, retired guy.  😉  Learn something new every day.  Thanks again. I'll look at the drive you suggested.

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