How to Upgrade the Razer Blade Pro 17 RAM & SSD

The Razer Blade Pro 17, the long-awaited redesign to the Razer Blade Pro lineup, is finally here and in line with all the other Razer Blade laptops we’ve seen lately, there is a welcomed feature: it’s upgradeable.

What I mean by that is that you can buy the Razer Blade 17 Pro from Razer in the one RAM and SSD configuration they now only sell their laptops in, and then, should you feel the urge, you can easily upgrade the RAM or upgrade the SSD to increase the performance or storage. Besides the clear benefits of increasing power and storage as you need it, this is also a great way to save money.

Most of the time, buying the higher RAM or higher capacity SSD from the manufacturer comes with a premium frankly. So, you can get the lower SSD/RAM models that Razer offers the laptops in now and replace them with your own to get to the higher specs for much less money.

Now, regardless of whether you want to max it out, save a little money by installing the RAM or SSD yourself, or just upgrade the laptop as you need it, here’s how to upgrade the Razer Blade Pro 17 RAM and SSD.

Things You’ll Need

If you only plan to upgrade the SSD for the empty M.2 Slot that the Pro comes with or just upgrade the RAM, then you’ll just need the below:

If you plan to upgrade both SSD slots (which would require removing the pre-installed one that has Windows on it), you’ll also need this.

  • Free SSD cloning tool. You’ll only need this though if you plan to replace the installed 512GB SSD. We’ll use this to copy that to the new SSD in the second slot in the laptop, then remove it and put in another after so we don’t lose any data.

Razer Blade Pro 17 Upgrade RAM

If you want to upgrade the Razer Blade Pro 17 RAM, we need to just remove the old RAM and replace it with the new RAM. Here’s how.

1. Turn off the computer.

2. Flip it over (it’s a good idea to put something soft under it so you don’t scratch the lid).

3. Unscrew the ten T5 screws holding in the metal plate and set them aside.

4. Using your fingers, pry up the bottom plate until it clicks off.

5. Unclick the two metal brackets on the side of the RAM, it’ll pop up, and you can slide it out. Do the same to the other RAM module and set them aside.

6. Put your new RAM in the same slots at an angle and then click them down and make sure they lock into place.

If you aren’t going to upgrade the SSD, you can just put the metal plate back on, screw it back in place and turn on the computer and you’re all set.

If you are upgrading both the RAM and SSD, you can leave the computer open and skip down to step 5 below.

Razer Blade Pro 17 Upgrade SSD (Empty Slot)

Now, if you want to upgrade the Razer Blade Pro 17 SSD, it’s basically the same steps as the RAM.

1. Turn off the computer.

2. Flip it over (it’s a good idea to put something soft under it so you don’t scratch the lid).

3. Unscrew the twelve hex screws holding in the metal plate and set them aside.

4. Using your fingers, pry up the bottom plate until it clicks off.

5. You should see the one empty M.2 SSD slot. Unscrew the screw locking it.

6. Put your new SSD in that slot and make sure it clicks in and locks down.

7. You can now just put the metal plate back on, screw it back in place.

8. Turn on the computer and confirm you can see the new harddrive in Disk Manager (type Repartition Hard Drive into the Windows search box at the bottom of your screen and click that to open Disk Manager).

9. You should see the original Disk 0 that is your original SSD but now there is also a new Disk 1 below it and it should prompt you to initialize the new drive first.

10. Once it does, right-click anywhere on the unallocated space of the new drive and select Format.

11. Then just follow the prompts to format it.

Eventually, it’ll show it as formatted and you’re all set.

Razer Blade Pro 17 Upgrade SSD (Both Slots)

Now, if you want to upgrade not just the empty M.2 slot but also replace the original 512GB SSD, follow this instead.

1. Turn off the computer.

2. Flip it over (it’s a good idea to put something soft under it so you don’t scratch the lid).

3. Unscrew the twelve hex screws holding in the metal plate and set them aside.

4. Using your fingers, pry up the bottom plate until it clicks off.

5. You should see the one empty M.2 SSD slot. Unscrew the screw locking it.

6. Put your new SSD in the same slot and make sure it clicks in and locks down.

7. You can now just put the metal plate back on, screw it back in place.

8. Turn on the computer and confirm you can see the new hard drive in Disk Manager (type Repartition Hard Drive into the Windows search box at the bottom of your screen and click that to open Disk Manager). In this case, though, don’t format it! We need it to stay unallocated for now.

9. Here’s where it gets a little different. We need to clone the 512GB drive onto the new SSD in the second slot so we don’t lose anything (including Windows which is installed on that drive). To do that, we’ll use the free cloning software we downloaded earlier.

10. Install that program then open it.

11. In the program, click the Clone System option on the left and it’ll ask you to select a destination drive. Select the new SSD (that should be empty). Select Advanced Options at the bottom and select Optimize for SSD. Then click Start.

12. Once it says that is done, turn off the laptop and follow steps 1-4 from earlier to open the laptop.

13. Using the Philips screwdriver, we’re going to remove both SSDs this time. The new one we just put in slot two, and the old one in slot one. So first, let’s put the new SSD that we just cloned everything to into the slot the pre-installed SSD was in before and screw that into place. Then set the original pre-installed on aside.

14. Take your second new SSD (a blank one) and put it in the now empty slot two and screw that into place.

15. You can now just put the metal plate back on and screw it back in place.

16. Turn on the computer and everything should be the same as before you took out the pre-installed SSD.

17. Open Disk Manager again and confirm you can see the new hard drive in Disk Manager as Disk 1 (type Repartition Hard Drive into the Windows search box at the bottom of your screen and click that to open Disk Manager).

18. Right-click anywhere on the unallocated new disk and select Format.

19. Then just follow the prompts to format it.

And there you go, you have both SSDs installed and should have everything you originally did on your pre-installed one.

Conclusion

Don’t forget to sell the old RAM and SSD once you confirm the new ones are working. Put them on eBay or craigslist or however you would sell a used electronic. Helps to cover some of the cost of the new memory.

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