When compared to a desktop computer, miniature desktop PCs have less upgrading options. However, most mini PCs will still accept more RAM or a new solid-state drive to give them new life and performance. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add more RAM to an HP ProDesk 600 G1 DM, or laptop mini, PC.
First and foremost, I’d like to state that this is my favorite of the PCs that I’ve owned over the years, and that it is now my new home workhorse for searching, studying, and writing. It’s virtually quiet now that I’ve upgraded to a solid-state drive, but some of the workloads I run on it, including virtual machines, require more than 4 GB of RAM.
Set on how to Install RAM in the HP ProDesk 600 G1 DM
Step 1 – Power off and Unplug
Start by shutting your PC down and disconnecting the power adapter and any peripherals or other USB devices.The rear of an HP ProDesk 600 G1 DM. Unplug the power adapter and all peripherals before opening it to service.
The cover is secured by the single thumb-screw at the rear-center of the PC.The rear of an HP ProDesk 600 G1 DM. Unplug the power adapter and all peripherals before opening it to service. The cover is secured by the single thumb-screw at the rear-center of the PC.
Step 2 – Remove the Cover
A single thumb-screw secures the top cover to the chassis on the back of your mini laptop. Unscrew this, then raise and set aside the cover by sliding it from back to front.
Step 3 – Move the Hard Drive out of the Way
The CPU heatsink/fan and the hard drive are the only things you’ll see on the inside right now. Disconnect the SATA connector from the motherboard to begin removing the hard drive. This is the dense, short black cable that connects to the board at the back corner. Then, when keeping the lock tab at the corner of the hard drive nearest to the red and black control plug in, slip the hard drive out.
The hard drive’s power cable should be left wired, and the drive can be placed to the side in a way that does not put pressure on the connector.
Step 4 – Install Additional RAM
You have two options now that the memory module slots have been exposed. If you’re maxing out one of these mini desktops with 16 GB of RAM, detach any existing modules by softly spreading the clips on the sides with your fingertips until the modules pop-up at an angle to be slid out.
Alternatively, to give your PC a total of 8 GB of RAM, you should mount an extra 4 GB module in addition to the normally pre-existing 4 GB module. If you use pairs of memory modules that are the same size, you get the most value out of memory updates.
Step 5 – Reassemble and Power on
Reverse the steps above after mounting new RAM by slipping the hard drive back into its bracket, plugging the SATA cable into the motherboard’s socket, removing the cover and sliding it into place, and securing the thumb-screw in the back.
Connect the power adapter, any peripherals, and any other gadgets, and switch on the computer.
A notification confirming that the sum of installed memory has been updated will most likely appear. Simply accept it by clicking the F1 key on your keyboard to continue.