IBM ThinkPad T41: Upgrading RAM and HDD – pictures
I now have pictures of the existing HDD and the RAM slot. A few days ago, I wrote about
upgrading my laptop. Now that I know
what hardware is already in there, it may help in deciding what new hardware will work
The back of the laptop is pretty simple. The annotated photograph below will shows the screws to loosen
to get access to both the HDD and the RAM.
I would follow the instructions supplied on the IBM/Lenovo website. But all
it takes is a screwdriver and a fine touch to pull it out.
This is the HDD as attached to the mounting bracket. It is a 30GB 4200RPM IDE drive. I would like
to replace it with a larger faster HDD. This will take up more battery power, but faster disk
access will speed things up. I want a larger HDD as right now. I’m running out of space. The laptop
dual boots Windows XP Pro and FreeBSD 6.2. That doesn’t leave much left:
[dan@laptop:~] $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on /dev/ad0s2a 496M 141M 315M 31% / devfs 1.0K 1.0K 0B 100% /dev /dev/ad0s2e 496M 1.1M 455M 0% /tmp /dev/ad0s2f 15G 13G 680M 95% /usr /dev/ad0s2d 1.2G 413M 715M 37% /var [dan@laptop:~] $
Out of a 15GB partition, I wind up with about 700MB left over on /usr.
When I opened the RAM access panel, I found there was no RAM at all. In a way, that’s a good thing. It means
all the RAM is on the motherboard and any new RAM I add will be additional, not replacement. It’s a shame
to have RAM sitting around on the shelf. 🙂
My laptop regularly runs Apache, PHP, PostgreSQL, and X.org. 256MB of RAM really isn’t much to run all that.
So I’m looking at upgrading by buying either another 500MB or 1GB. Either would make a big difference.
What is your recommendation?
I don’t always know much about hardware. I’d like to move to an 80GB or 100GB HDD, and 7200RPM.
Getting another 1GB of RAM would help with the bigger FreshPorts queries.
What RAM would you recommend? What HDD?