Some netbook manufacturers, like Asus, make it easy to upgrade the RAM by putting an access panel on the back of the unit. Remove 2 or 3 screws, pop off the panel cover, and you can swap out your RAM DIMM for a higher capacity stick.

Others, like MSI, make it a bit trickier, requiring you to undo 9 or 10 screws and dismantle the case to access the good bits.

And then there’s HP. Laptop Magazine reports that you don’t have to undo a single screw to get at the RAM access panel in the new HP Mini 1000 netbook. All you have to do is pop off the plastic door covering the access panel with your fingernail.

The HP Mini 1000 hard drive, on the other hand, is not visible when you pop off the rear access panels. It’s likely you’ll need to disassemble the case if you want to upgrade the SSD or 60GB hard drive. Keep in mind, this netbook uses a 1.8″ HDD (which is why it tops out at 60GB at the moment), so if you plan to upgrade the hard drive, you’ll have to find a tiny hard drive that meets that specification (or cannibalize an iPod).

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12 replies on “HP Mini 1000: RAM upgrades couldn’t be easier”

  1. The HDD’s under the keyboard. You just pop out the battery and remove one screw, then it comes right off. Then you just have to unplug the HDD and swap it out. A bit more of a challenge than the RAM, but still good by netbook standards.

  2. Do you think it won’t recognize more than 1GB of memory if using XP since the lisence of XP does dictate a 1BG maximum in order to be valid?

    1. I don’t have any first-hand experience with this, but I think the MS memory restrictions just apply to how the unit is shipped. After you receive it, I think it’s just like any other copy of XP. And I don’t think I’ve seen any mention of a need to change the BIOS to recognize greater than 1GB, but maybe a more knowledgeable person will weigh in… ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that someone picked up one of the new HP
        Mini 1000s and popped out the 1GB stick and replaced it with a 2GB DIMM. But
        yeah, Microsoft doesn’t *want* anyone selling “ultra low cost PCs” capable
        of supporting 2GB or more.

      2. Backtracking again, after looking at the date on the link I gave, I see that this is not a new development at all… I just hadn’t realized that it involved the end user license <:o)

  3. Also, 1.8″ drives up to 160GB can be had and are said to be more shock resistant than larger drives.

    In fact, many months ago on the EeePC 901 Forum mtotho was espousing the virtues of 1.8″ drives over SSDs and I think he cited some study which said they weren’t all that far away from SSDs with reference to shock resistance.

    But I’m still pulling for the SSDs because of less heat and no moving parts and less power consumption (correct me if I’m wrong).

  4. cant figure why you would need more than 60GB of space, yopu can watch porn online or on your desktop you know.

    1. That’s what double quotes mean – inches.
      A single quotes means feet.

      or of course seconds and minutes of time or Lat/Longitude. ๐Ÿ™‚

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