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Crucial SSD Installation Guide

 

Generic Desktop Memory Installation Guide (DDR, DDR2, DDR3 & DDR4)


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DDR Installation Guide (DDR, DDR2 & DDR3)


These instructions provide general installation and handling information for DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 upgrade memory, and are intended to be used in conjunction with your model-specific owner's manual.

Before you try this, check if your user manual has more specific information.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

ESD imageNOTE: Before touching any electronic components, make sure you are properly grounded. By wearing a wrist strap (or using some other type of static control device), you can prevent static electricity stored on your body or clothing from damaging your installation. 



— Insert the module into an available expansion socket. Note how the module is keyed to the socket. This ensures the module can be plugged into the socket one way only. Firmly press the module into position, making certain the module is completely seated in the socket. The ejector tabs at each end of the socket will automatically snap into the locked position. Repeat this procedure for any additional modules you are installing.


— Most 168-pin DIMM modules have ejector tabs. The ejector tabs are used only when you need to remove a module. By pressing down on the ejector tabs, the module will pop-up from the socket and it can be removed.
 

  1. Place the computer’s power switch in the "off " position and disconnect the AC power cord.


  2. Remove the computer’s top cover following the instructions in the model-specific owner’s manual.


  3. Before touching any electronic components, make sure you first touch an unpainted, grounded metal object to discharge any static electricity stored on your clothing or body.  Anti-static wrist straps can be bought from most good electronic stores (Dick Smith, Tandy) and ave very inexpensive insurance against damaging your computer.


  4. Locate the memory expansion sockets on the computer’s motherboard. If all the sockets are full, remove smaller capacity modules to allow room for higher capacity modules.


  5. The ejector tabs shown in the illustration are used to remove a module. By pushing outward on the ejector tabs, the module will pop-up from the socket and it can then be removed. 
     
  6. Handle your new module(s) carefully; do not flex or bend the module(s). Always grasp the module by its edges.


  7. For most installations, DDR modules can be installed in any available expansion slot. Other installations may require the memory to be installed in a particular sequence based on the modules capacity. Check your owner's manual to determine the correct installation sequence for your configuration.
  8. Once the module(s) have been installed, the computer’s top cover can be reinstalled.


  9. Plug in the AC power cord and reinstall any cables disconnected during the installation process.


  10. Turn on the computer and follow the instructions in your computer owner’s manual that describe the steps necessary to allow your computer to recognize the newly installed memory.

 

Generic Notebook Memory Installation Guide


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SO-DIMM Installation Guide


These instructions provide general installation and handling information for 144-pin and 200-pin SODIMM Memory, and are intended to be used in conjunction with your model-specific owner’s manual.

Before you try this, check if your user manual has more specific information.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

ESD imageNOTE: Before touching any electronic components, make sure you are properly grounded. By wearing a wrist strap (or using some other type of static control device), you can prevent static electricity stored on your body or clothing from damaging your installation. 

  1. Place the computer’s power switch in the "off " position and disconnect the AC power cord.



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  3. Unscrew the computer’s memory access hatch (usually found underneath, or you may need to remove the keyboard) following the instructions in the model-specific owner’s manual.



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  5. Before touching any electronic components, make sure you first touch an unpainted, grounded metal object to discharge any static electricity stored on your clothing or body.  Anti-static wrist straps can be bought here and are a very inexpensive insurance against damaging your computer.



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  7. Always turn off your computer and remove the rechargeable battery pack before installing your Kingston memory.



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  9. Handle your new module(s) carefully; do not flex or bend the module(s). Always grasp the module by its edges.



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  11. For some installations, DIMM memory can be installed in any available expansion slot. Other installations may require the memory to be installed in a particular sequence based on the modules capacity. Check your owner’s manual or our website to determine the correct installation sequence for your configuration.



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  13. Insert the module into the socket at a slight angle (approximately 30 degrees). Note that the socket and module are both keyed, which means the module can be installed one way only. 


    SODIMM installation image 1 - Align keys and slots
  14. To seat the module into the socket, apply firm, even pressure to each end of the module (see the arrows) until you feel it slip down into the socket. If you are having problems getting the module to seat properly, try rocking the module up and down slightly, while continuing to apply pressure.
    - When properly seated, the contact fingers on the edge of the module will almost completely disappear inside the socket.
    SODIMM installation image 2 - Seat the module
  15. With the module properly seated in the socket, rotate the module downward, as indicated in the illustration. Continue pressing downward until the clips at each end of the socket lock into position. With most sockets, you will hear a distinctive CLICK, indicating the module is correctly locked into position. SODIMM installation image 3 - Snap into place

  16. Once the module or modules have been installed, the computer's memory cover or keyboard can be reinstalled.



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  18. Reinstall the rechargeable battery pack and any cables disconnected during the installation process.



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  20. Turn on the computer and follow the instructions in your computer owner's manual that describe the steps necessary to allow your computer to recognize the newly installed memory.

 

Generic Desktop Memory Installation Guide (RAMBUS / RDRAM Specific)


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RAMBUS Installation Guide


The instructions on this page provide general installation and handling information for Kingston Technology®184-pin Rambus® upgrade memory, and are intended to be used in conjunction with your model specific owner's manual.

Before you try this, check if your user manual has more specific information.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

ESD imageNOTE: Before touching any electronic components, make sure you are properly grounded. By wearing a wrist strap (or using some other type of static control device), you can prevent static electricity stored on your body or clothing from damaging your installation. 



— Insert the module into an available expansion socket. Note how the module is keyed to the socket. This ensures the module can be plugged into the socket one way only. Firmly press the module into position, making certain the module is completely seated in the socket. The ejector tabs at each end of the socket will automatically snap into the locked position. Repeat this procedure for any additional modules you are installing.


Rambus installation image
  1. Place the computer’s power switch in the "off " position and disconnect the AC power cord.


  2. Remove the computer’s top cover following the instructions in the model-specific owner’s manual.


  3. Before touching any electronic components, make sure you first touch an unpainted, grounded metal object to discharge any static electricity stored on your clothing or body.  Anti-static wrist straps can be bought from most good electronic stores (Dick Smith, Tandy) and ave very inexpensive insurance against damaging your computer.


  4. Locate the memory expansion sockets on the computer’s motherboard. If all the sockets are full, remove smaller capacity modules to allow room for higher capacity modules.


  5. Handle your new module(s) carefully; do not flex or bend the module(s). Always grasp the module by its edges.


  6. For most installations, Rambus modules can be installed in any available expansion socket, but empty sockets must contain a "Kingston Continuity Module" as shown in the illustration. Note that some models may use a specific installation sequence for Rambus modules (e.g. Rambus dual-channel configurations); see your model specific owner's manual for more details.
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  8. Once the module(s) have been installed, the computer’s top cover can be reinstalled.


  9. Plug in the AC power cord and reinstall any cables disconnected during the installation process.


  10. Turn on the computer and follow the instructions in your computer owner’s manual that describe the steps necessary to allow your computer to recognize the newly installed memory.

 

Apple Mac Memory Installation Guides


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Apple system model-specific Memory Installation Guides


You may not have noticed, but most of our Apple system category pages have links to specific installation guides right there on the right hand side of the page, start here to find your specific model, and then check the comments section on the right hand side of the page for specific guides on installing RAM, SSD's, batteries etc in your system.

Listed below are official apple.com memory installation guides for all models of macs.  Follow the instructions carefully for a hassle-free upgrade.

If you haven't ordered your ram yet, then start on our Mac Upgrade Guide page to locate the perfect JEDEC and Apple compliant upgrade for your Mac, and we'll have it shipped out to you in a jiffy.


MacBook Pro Memory Installation Guides


Unibody Models (Mid 2009 to 2012)
Non-Unibody Models (Early 2006 to Early 2009)

Memory Installation Guide (non-unibody) Covers Model ID's: MacBookPro1,1 - MacBookPro2,1 - MacBookPro2,2 - MacBookPro3,1 - MacBookPro4,1



MacBook Memory Installation Guides


iMac Memory Installation Guides



Mac Mini Memory Installation Guides



Mac Pro Memory Installation Guides


Mac Pro Early 2009 to current models Model ID's: MacPro4,1 MacPro5,1

Original Mac Pro to Late 2008 models Model ID's: MacPro1,1 MacPro2,1 MacPro3,1


 

 

Apple Mac Hard Drive Replacement Guides


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Apple system model-specific Hard Drive Replacement Guides


You may not have noticed, but most of our Apple system category pages have links to specific installation guides right there on the right hand side of the page, start here to find your specific model, and then check the comments section on the right hand side of the page for specific guides on installing RAM, SSD's, batteries etc in your system.

Listed below are official apple.com hard drive replacement guides for all models of macs.  If your model isn't listed here then take a look at a model in a different year as the process is very similar among most models.

If you haven't ordered your replacement hard drive or solid state drive yet yet, then start on our Mac Upgrade Guide page to locate the perfect upgrade for your Mac, and we'll have it shipped out to you in a jiffy.


MacBook Pro Hard Drive Replacement Guides



MacBook Hard Drive Replacement Guides



iMac Hard Drive Replacement Guides



 

 

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