Alienware 17 R4 Disassembly and RAM, SSD and HDD Upgrade Options


In this guide, I will disassemble an Alienware 17 R4. I will remove the bottom cover to upgrade the SSD, HDD, and RAM.

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There are two different types of screws, and I circled them with different colors.
Remove six screws (red) that securing the bottom cover to the laptop.
Loosen one screw (yellow). Insert a pick to pry up the bottom cover.

Under the bottom cover, you can get access to three M.2 SSD slots, two RAM slots, and a hard drive module.
From the picture you can see, Alienware 17 R4 comes with two M.2 2280 SSD slots (support SATA and PCIe SSD) and an M.2 2242 slot.

Here’s left the cooling fan.

The Alienware 17 R4 comes with two 8GB DDR4 2667MHz RAMs. According to Dell website information, it supports up to 32GB RAM, so you can replace it with 16GB DDR4 2667MHz RAM respectively.

Here’s hard drive module, it is securing to the laptop by four screws.

Here’s Toshiba 256GB PCIe SSD.


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