67. Upgrading Dell Inspiron 1525 Memory and Hard Drive

It is easy to upgrade memory on the Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. You will just need a new memory and a Philips screwdriver.

Let's now choose the right memory for this laptop. This laptop is only able to take up to 4GB of RAM. That means two modules by 2 GB. It is important to note that the two modules should be the same frequency.

 It is not harmful to choose different frequency modules, but if they are all identical, the system will be more stable. In addition, even if the memory modules are the same frequency and memory amount, they can differ in PCB topology. They can also differ in the way that the tracks go into the module, and the high memory speed can affect system performance.

It is best to choose modules that comes from the same manufacturer, that are the same speed, as well as the same memory amount.

After the memory has been upgraded, the laptop will show that the memory amount has been changed. Simply hit F1 to continue the booting process. In very rare cases, the laptop will not boot up at all. This is frequently because the two memory modules cannot work together. And, this usually happens when different memory amount modules are used. The frequency differs, or the manufacturers are not the same, and the memory chips are also different on each module.

The Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop uses DDR2 type memory. This memory is a second generation of DDR memory, and if the laptop had a DDR2, both the DDR and the DDR3 will not work. It is important to just use DDR2. It is practically impossible to put the wrong type of memory in the laptop in the first place because the memory modules have a notch in many different places. So, there is no risk to the DDR3 module in a DDR2 laptop.

It is easy to replace or upgrade the hard drive on the Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. The hard drive type is SATA and it comes with a standard 2.5 inch hard disk.

To truly do a proper upgrade, we need to use a disk imager such as Norton Ghost or Paragon Backup & Recovery. Norton Ghost is widely used by computer Engineers because it is lightning fast and Paragon Backup & Recovery is free to use but the interface is a bit complicated.
Often, we install the operating system with a new hard drive and just end up copying the data to it.

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