Updated: 02/20/2020 (Added LG Gram 17 2020 Upgrade Information)
*User “Scott” confirms that 2020 LG Gram 17″ supports 40 GB of Ram with 32 GB 3200 Mhz Crucial SODIMM upgrade
*User “Wayne” confirms that 2020 LG Gram 17″ supports 24 GB of Ram with 16 GB 3200 Mhz Crucial SODIMM upgrade
* Unconfirmed if the LG Gram 17″ 2020 model supports 40 GB of RAM with the Samsung 32GB 2666 MHz SODIMM which was originally used to upgrade the LG Gram 17″ 2019 model
Guide Difficulty: Low
LG Gram 17 Storage/Ram Upgrade Guide.
In this guide, I will be adding 1 TB SSD (NVME M.2) and swapping a 32 GB ram module onto the 2019 LG Gram 17.
The model number of the LG Gram 17″ used for this guide is
(17Z990-R.AAS7U1) which is from Costco August 2019 promotion.
- 16 GB Ram (8 GB Soldered, 8 GB Swappable)
- 256 SATA SSD
- 40 GB Ram (8 GB Soldered, 32 GB Swappable)
- 1 TB NVME M.2, 256 GB SATA SSD
Laptop: LG Gram 17″ 2019 (Supports 2666 MHz RAM)
RAM: Samsung 1 x 32GB DDR4 2666Mhz SODIMM (2019 LG Gram 17)
SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1 TB SSD (NVME M.2)
Laptop: LG Gram 17″ 2020 (Supports 3200 Mhz RAM)
RAM: 1 x 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz SODIMM (2020 LG Gram 17)
*32GB: Confirmed Working*
*16GB ram links are also provided below* – Confirmed working
(Crucial Single 32GB 3200 Mhz) *Confirmed Working
(Crucial Single 32GB 3200 Mhz – 1-2 Month Wait) *Confirmed Working https://amzn.to/2Vpczcg
(HyperX Single 32GB 3200 Mhz – 1-2 Month Wait)
(Crucial Single 16GB 3200 Mhz) *Confirmed working
Toolkit: iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
Additional photos for LG Gram 17″ 2020 Model available here:
- Photos of new laptop backplate, internal battery, and internal layout
- Confirmation photo for 24GB and 40GB upgrades with 3200 Mhz RAM
Step 1. Pry out the four rubber footing from the bottom of the laptop
Use the plastic flat-end tool to pry out the large rubber footings, there are a total of four rubber footings on the 17″ model. The rubber footings are located on the four corners of the laptop’s backplate.
Step 2: Pry out the small plastic screw covers
Use the tweezers to gently lift the plastic screw covers from the laptop. Be careful not to scratch the laptop or plastic covers. There are a total of seven plastic screw covers.
At the end of step 1 and 2, the four rubber footings and seven plastic screw covers should be removed.
Step 3: Unscrew the screws from the laptop’s backplate
Step 4: Remove the laptop’s backplate
Remove the laptop’s backplate using the small knife tool. Try to separate the backplate from the laptop by wedging the knife in between the small groove. After the knife has been wedged, attempt to slowly run the knife across the edges of the backplate until the backplate has been removed. Protect the laptop from scratches by placing a micro-fiber cloth in front of the knife.
Step 5: Remove the original RAM and SSD
This model of the LG Gram 17″ comes with 16 GB of Ram (8 GB Soldered, 8 GB Swappable). The laptop also comes with two-slots of SATA3 (SATA3 x4, SATA3 x2). In the faster SATA3 x4 slot, the laptop comes with a 256 GB SATA SSD.
- Remove the screws holding the SSD.
- Remove the 256 GB SSD at a 45-degree angle.
- Move the pin that holds the ram module to the side.
- Remove the 8 GB ram module at a 45-degree angle.
Step 6: Add the new ram and SSD
Move the original 256 SATA SSD to the second SATA3 x2 slot (Right). Insert the new SSD and RAM module.
** The SATA3 NVME x4 Slot (Left) is faster and you should put your Samsung NVME in this slot for faster boot times. For this to work, the Windows Operating System must also be installed on the Samsung 970 EVO NVME drive.
Step 7: Check computer specs
Before reassembling the laptop, ensure that the laptop is detecting all of the parts. Check “System information” to ensure that the additional RAM is detected and run “Disk Management” to add the new SSD.
You have now completed the LG Gram 17 Storage/Ram Upgrade Guide. If you want to migrate the operating system onto the 1 TB SSD, you can do a fresh install of Windows or use the Samsung SSD migration software.