How to Upgrade RAM and Hard Drives on the Asus G75VW-DS73

Gear & Apps April 12th 2013 2:42 PM 9 Comments

In this video, we will demonstrate how to upgrade your hard drive and RAM in the Asus G75VW.  One of the major benefits of  the Asus “Republic of Gamers” line of machines is that they are very, very easy to upgrade.

The Video Tutorial

(By the way, the general procedure can actually be used as a guide to upgrade most of the Asus “Republic of Gamers” line of laptops; such as the G74 series and the G73 series, even if things are in a slightly different locations.)

The RAM

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Unlike on a Mac, (cough cough!) Ram upgrades on a PC can be surprisingly easy. Some PC laptops (including a few Asus machines) do hide one or two of the RAM slots in an extremely tough location, however the G75VW’s RAM slots are both easy-access.  Remember to be gentle and angle-in with the RAM, don’t try and push it in 100% parallel.  You should be able to tell if the notch on the RAM is perfectly captured by the release prongs that hold the RAM in place.

The Hard Drives

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Both hard drive bays are also easy-access, just be mindful of the direction the tray and hard drive are oriented; this is a common way to get confused and accidentally try to force something into the wrong position. If you do everything right, your screws should all fit perfectly without needing to be jammed; if you’re having trouble then check to see if your tray is oriented in the right direction!

The Operating System

Of course this part is VERY important, so don’t forget! Before you begin this procedure, especially for hard drive swapping obviously, you want to have a full backup of your entire computer in case things go south.

Whether you restore that full backup or just re-install your operating system from scratch is up to you.  Personally, we recommend doing a fresh install of your operating system at least once a year.  We do also use hard drive cloning programs however, which would allow you to clone your old hard drive to your new hard drive.  If you do this, just make sure that when you turn on your computer, you can upgrade the hardware drivers or firmware etc; sometimes SSD hard drives may not work optimally if they aren’t properly recognized by the operating system.

Good luck, and thanks for tuning in!

Click HERE to see our official review of the Asus G75 VW.  To see how the G75VW compares against a $4,000 MacBook Pro, click here for our Adobe Premier CS6 comparison, and click here for our Adobe Lightroom 4 comparison!

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9 Comments

  1. Gor Elchyan

    Sorry, why the video is private?

  2. Asus-ome

    Beautiful machine not only for games but for photography and autocad.

  3. Sam

    Got this machine because Pye recommended it, I also upgraded ram and ssd. Edited an entire wedding in less than 2 days. I can have Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, and Google Chrome all open at the same time without slowing down a bit. HUGE upgrade from my old laptop.

    • AO

      I cant multicam 4 video tracks in cs6 its lagging ? HELP

  4. Jay Johnson

    Is it possible to have the second hard drive be able to boot into a separate operating system? I’ve tried with two different SSD hybrid Seagate drives to do this, but neither will register in the BIOS properly, nor did they show up in the “boot options” (only the Windows 8 pre-installed drive showed up in the boot sequence).

    Is there a special trick to this?

    Thanks.

    Jay

  5. Andy

    Hello
    Thank you so much share the video and greate advice.
    But G75 can have 4 memory slots and two of them are on bottom and other 2 slots are other side of controller board.
    How to open keyboard side and upgrade memory?
    Is it hard to take out the keyboard from G75 or is there any other way to upgrade other then bottom memory slots.

  6. thenoaa

    There are 4 sticks of ram not just two. Does anyone know the correct way to access the other 2 under the keyboard?

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