How to Upgrade Laptop ~ Adding Ram and Best SSD (solid state drive)

Hey what’s up, Sean here with THiNKmediaTV, helping you move further faster media and I just wanted to make a quick video about how to do a few upgrades to a Toshiba Qosmio;specifically, the X875 and I’m switching out one of the hard drives to an SSD, and actually a hybrid, and I’m gonna add just four gigabytes of RAM, one stick to the drive.

Now when I got this computer had to 500 gigabytes, 72 RPM disk hard drives, and it had 12 gigabytes of RAM with one open slot.

And so, I purposely got the middle of the road model because I wanted to buy a RAM stick and save a little money form buying the highest end model to get 16 gigabytes and I wanted to swap out the drive for an SSD, Solid State Drive, because they’d be faster, but in this particular case I got a hybrid, which combines a solid-state speed with disk space and money savings.

So, it’s a Seagate Momentus XT Hard Drive.

And so I ordered the drive, I ordered the stick of RAM, and I ordered this Data TransferKit by CMS, which hooks up to the drive and has software and etcetera, etcetera.

Well here’s been my experience so far.

I plugged in the MomentusXT to the CMS drive, USB device not recognized.

I also plugged it into this computer here, my home PC, also not recognized.

I downloaded Seagate’s DriveWizard transfer software, and I unplugged the secondary drive inside of my Toshiba laptop; just put it aside and plugged the MomentusXT drive into that.

It was recognized, plugged into that slot, but none of the cloning software that I could find worked.

I then tried to use the CMScloning software, did not work, and then I tried to useDrive Wizard software, and it also would not work.

I had to reboot, Red Bull break.

I’m not sponsored, but if you’re from Red Bull, and you’re watching this, I would take a Red Bull sponsorship.

So a little bit frustrated, I researched a little bit, and I heard that even cloning is not necessarily the best practice.

So what I finally decided and discovered was Toshiba’s recovery software.

Where you just make backup disks of the original factory settings of your computer on three DVDs and create those and then just pull the drive out, put in the Momentus XT and load that up.

So, I’m gonna show you quick just how to add the RAM stick, how to make those backup disks and then how to swap it out and get your OS transferred over from a hard disk drive to a solid-state drive.

So, let’s go check it out.

Now before we jump into the upgrades so that you know, all the links to everythingI’m talking about in this video are in the description below.

And you can also check outa link to my main video about this laptop where I talk about some of the specs as well as my laptop buying guide; that’s in the description below as well.

Now, let’s check out the upgrades.

So in Windows 8, you just got to the Search, and you type in Recovery Media Center, and it’ll come right up.

And so, this is what it looks like, and I am currently on my third disk, DVD and making my backup disks soI can just plug my Momentus XT drive right in and do a Restore right on the new hybrid drive.

So, this is how you swap out the drive on the Momentus XT 875.

Make sure that the battery is of course removed, and I’ve already taken this plate off, but there’s a soft little piece that you need to pull up off of this screw right here; a little sticky piece.

And then, there’s also another piece that comes up off of this screw down here, and then you can access the screw down there, and you want a small screw driver.

I’m using this one from this little kit, and so once you remove that screw and you loosen this screw, it stays connected to the lid.

There’s an area right here that allows you to pop off this cover.

Now, this is where there was the empty slot for the RAM stick.

So if you have the right stick of RAM, that clicks in and snaps right in there and instantly goes up to the 16 gigabytes.

And now we have access to our two hard drives, and this is the hard drive with the Operating System on it.

The way you know if you aren’t sure, I’ve already tested it, figured it all out, you can always just pop it out and see if it still starts up.

If it does, then you know that this is the secondary and that the OperatingSystem drive is still there.

If it doesn’t boot right up, then you know that you’ve discovered theOperating System drive.

So, this is the Operating System, and so you can pull this back and out pretty easily.

And then, the next step is to unscrew these four screws on the sides of the case so that we can swap out the Momentus XT for this.

And, I’m gonna save this drive safely in storage, just in case I ever need to go back to it, in case there’s some a problem with the Momentus XT.

I can always plug this back in, and I’d be starting from the original Operating System drive.

The way it came straight from the manufacturer, but I do want to get this case so that it slides right into it.

So in this particular model, this is a 500 gigabyte, 7,200 RPM drive.

Here’s the Momentus XT, and so, that’ll click right back in.

And now, we can replace the screws.

Once done, you can slide the Momentus XT back in, and you could replace your cover on the computer, and you can put the battery back in.

And in this case, I’m going to fire it up and see if I can get it to work before I put that cover back on; I’ll worry about that later once it’s all good to go.

And as we power it up, we’re gonna also simultaneously press and hold F12.

Get out our Recovery Disks, three DVDs.

I’ve put in my RecoveryDisk number one in here, and when I fire my computer up, I’m gonna press and hold F12.

Pressing and holdingF12 and as you can see, we’re fired up now with the Qosmio Startup Screen.

So the new drive is in place, and I had my Recovery Disk number one in the CD drive, and so then when I hit the power button, you press and hold F12, and it’ll fire up off the drive.

And now, we’re going intoToshiba Recovery Wizard, and we’re gonna make sure to connect the AC Adapter back up after installing our new stuff.

AC Adapter is back up; clicking Yes, out of the Recovery toFactory Default software, out-of-the-box state and click Next.

And, Toshiba RecoveryWizard; all partitions will be deleted, and you’ll lose everything, that’s true, initializing the partition, please wait.

And, we’re going back toFactory Default software.

And after some time has passed, now we’re copying some files, and it’s telling me to please wait.

Alright, eventually it will ask you for your second disk; popping it in, hitting okay and we continue on our journey of File Recovery back to factory settings.

Alright so quite a bit of time has passed, I’ve been doing some other stuff, and we’re finally ready to finish the restart by clicking Finish, and the computer’s gonna restart and we should be good.

Boom, loading files.

Alrighty, so I went through the original setup that I did before.

Everything’s just starting; I had to re-enter all that initial startup info and what not.

And so, we’re good with an absolutely clean install of the Operating System on the new Momentus XT, super fast, hybrid hard drive.

Alrighty friends, so here we are, and the OS is installed, and we’re here with our C-drive setup with Operating System and with our D-drive setup, which is the standard 500 gigabyte drive, and I’ve got the original hard drive just totally unplugged, and this is saved for later, if anything was ever to crash, you could plug and play and have a clean OS on this guy.

You could see on the Momentus now; we’ve got the C-drive partitions, as well as a much larger main partition because it was a bigger drive to start.

So in recap, installed the four gigabyte RAM stick in the empty slot right there, up to 16 gigabytes.

There’s the secondary 500gigabyte drive that came standard and now the Momentus XT is up and running with the Operating System installed.

So now I’m gonna put the cover back on, put the screws back on, and it’s good to go.

So that is it for this video.

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And lastly like I said, everything I’ve talked about in this video is in the description below as well as some links, or a link to another video I did on the Qosmio laptop with some more details and my Laptop Buyer’s Guide.

So, check that out and we’ll talk soon.

Hey what’s up, Sean here, and in this video, we’re gonna be talking about the best laptop for video editing, as well as seven things that you need to consider when picking out a video editing laptop, plus a Qosmio X-series unboxing.

So, stay tuned to THiNKmediaTVfor all we got coming up.

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