In our previous post, you’ve learnt upgrading hard disk in WHS Server. This post will let you know, how easily you can upgrade your HP EX470/475 MediaSmart Server a great little box. But if you're a power user and plan on adding any applications and/or services to your machine, the factory installed 512 MB of RAM just won't cut it. HP claims that the RAM is not upgradable, but that just isn't so. The HP EX470/475 contains a single 512 MB stick of PC2 - 5300 667MHz memory.
I recently upgraded my machine by replacing the 512 MB memory with the single 2GB module. I spent about $43 after rebate for this Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) that I bought from NewEgg. But if money is an issue, you can opt for 1GB of RAM for around $22.
Before you begin, I must warn you that this upgrade is not for the faint of heart. You are literally going to remove every component of the machine just to get to the memory. Doing so *may* void your warranty so proceed at your own risk. I am not responsible anything that may happen to your precious little Home Server.
Step by Step Instructions
Still with me? Good. Let's begin (click on an image to enlarge):
- Power down the unit and find a nice flat, clean work surface. Give yourself enough room where you can lay out the parts as you remove them. (You'll thank me when is's time to put it all back together.)
- Open the front panel door.
- Unlock the system drive using a penny.
- Remove all of the drives.