Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Disassembly and RAM, HDD, SSD upgrade options

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In this guide, I’ll be taking apart a Lenovo ThinkPad T450s in order to access and upgrade the hard drive, SSD and RAM.

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1. Removing the bottom cover

First of all, unlock and remove the battery.
Remove all screws securing the bottom cover. Pry up and remove the cover.
You can use a guitar pick or any other piece of plastic to split the case.

Under the bottom cover you can get access to the following internal components:
– Hard drive
– RAM slot
– M.2 slot
– Internal battery
– Heat sink and Cooling Fan
– Wireless card
– CMOS battery
– Speaker

2. Upgrade the RAM

The ThinkPad T450s comes with 4GB DDR3L-1600MHz RAM, but it’s also has a spare RAM slot.
In my case, I will add a Kingston 8GB RAM.

Here’s my new Kingston 8GB DDR3L-1600MHz RAM.

3. Upgrade the SSD

Here’s WWAN M.2 slot, I will install a Plextor 2242 M.2 SSD into the slot.

4. Upgrade the hard drive

The T450s comes with HGST 500GB 7200RPM hard drive. If necessary, you can upgrade to a larger capacity hard drive, or replace it with a 2.5″ SSD.

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