The memory in a computer is the part that runs the processes, such as programs and operating systems. There are many different memory technologies, including DDR3, DDR2, FBDIMM and DDR. The memory sticks can be removed from the motherboard very easily. You have to remove any static electricity from yourself before removing the sticks. Also, they are very delicate parts, so you have to be very gentle when handling them.
Move the used computer to a place with no carpeting. Adjust the anti-static wrist wrap around your hand. If you do not want to use an anti-static wrist wrap or do not have one and still want to remove the memory, touch a grounded metal object, such as a doorknob, and continue. This eliminates static electricity.
Lay the computer onto its right side. Take the screwdriver and remove the screws that are holding the left side panel up. Remove the side panel to expose the inside of the computer.
Locate the memory slots. See picture of memory slots on link in resources. Press down on the tabs that are on each end of a memory slot. Once the tabs are disengaged, grab the memory stick by the edges and pull it out of the slot. This removes the memory from your computer.
- Static electricity will damage or destroy electrosensitive parts in your computer, such as the motherboard and the memory.
- Karol Harmata, professor of Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)