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W700ds Disk/RAM upgrade

#1 Post by Bashar » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:22 pm

Hello Thinkpaders,
I have W700ds pulled from the dead and want to start using it again and wish to upgrade it with RAM, after reading online I noticed its max is 8GB RAM which i found on crucial.com, any better brands?

And the tricky question, when i was looking for W520 RAM upgrade docs used to say its max is 16GB yet i found some official reviews/vids from lenovo that says its max is 32GB ram (different than lenovo's service center staff were saying)

So back to W700DS, can it hold more than 8GB Ram? :D

So,any recommendation to replace its 500GB 7200 disk? any brand you recommend?

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Re: W700ds Disk/RAM upgrade

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:04 am

No, W700/W700ds only has 2 slots for PC3-8500/DDR3-10600 RAM.
But it also has a PM45 chipset, which does not recognise RAM-modules larger than 4GB, so you are "stuck" with max. 8GB RAM.
Replace the HDD with a 250GB/500GB/1TB Samsung EVO-850 or EVO-860.
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Re: W700ds Disk/RAM upgrade

#3 Post by TheForgottenKing » Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:40 pm

There are two 2.5" disk drives. You can keep the current one and add an SSD.
W701ds: i7-940XM - 32GB DDR3 -128GB SSD + 1TB HDD + ODD - FX 2800M - 1920x1200 @ 17" + 768x1280 @ 10" - Dock + Wacom + Calibrator
T530: i5-3210M - 8GB DDR3 - 128GB SSD - 1600x900 @ 15.6"

701R - i5-8250U - 16GB DDR4 - 256GB NVMe SSD - 1920x1200 @ 10.1" - 701C Keyboard

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