Remove computer RAM by first turning off the system, removing the cover and gently easing out the RAM modules. RAM modules look like long, thin circuit boards that plug into the motherboard. On a desktop, they are frequently perpendicular; on a laptop, they are parallel to conserve space.
- Save any open work and shut down
Save and close documents and other work before shutting off the computer. Any work not saved will be lost because it is stored in RAM, which is eliminated when the power goes off.
- Unplug the computer from its power source or disconnect the battery
Even when powered off, computer components can carry electrical charge that is lethal to humans. Before proceeding, wait a few seconds for this charge to dissipate. In addition, touch a metal object to drain any excess electricity so it doesn't damage the computer.
- Access the RAM module
On a desktop, the side panel of the tower should slide off after removal of retaining screws. On a laptop, the RAM modules are located on the underside accessible by a sliding door. Check the user manual of the specific computer for details. Desktop RAM is seated in parallel sockets.
- Remove any screws holding the RAM modules in place
Computer cards frequently have Philips-head screws, but some can have flathead or star-shaped ones. Use the appropriate screwdriver to remove them; otherwise, there is a risk of stripping the screws.
- Grasp the RAM by the edges of the board
Never touch the copper contacts or any part of the board, because moisture can corrode electrical wiring. Gently pull the RAM from its socket and set it aside.