IBM ThinkPad T41: Upgrading RAM and HDD – picturesI 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 best.
Getting accessThe 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.
The HDDThis 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:
Out of a 15GB partition, I wind up with about 700MB left over on /usr.[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:~] $
According to Lenovo’s website
your model has another RAM socket under the keyboard and each will take a 1 GB stick, for a total of 2 GB RAM.
Jeff: Thank you. Very useful to know.
For now, I have 756MB of RAM. Opening new applications now takes much less time than previously.
Next goal: bigger HDD.
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