How do I remove computer memory in my computer?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

If memory is already installed in all your computer's memory slots, some or all the memory chips need to be removed before additional memory can be added. Below are the steps on how to remove memory from your computer.


Before proceeding, make sure that your machine is turned off and that you are grounded to avoid damage by ESD. We recommend using a ground wrist strap.

If the computer is not already opened, open the computer and locate the memory in the memory slots you want to remove.

Crucial memory scanner

If all memory slots are occupied and you don't know what memory to remove, use a third-party tool, such as the online Crucial Memory Scanner, to display your memory information. The picture is an example of what the results of this memory scanner may show. The example computer has 8 GB of memory with 2 GB memory cards in each of the available slots. If you wanted to upgrade this to a total of 16 GB of memory, you would remove all 2 GB memory sticks and replace them with 4 GB memory modules.

Once you've located the memory you want to remove from the computer, you should notice two tabs on either side of the memory slot, as shown in the picture below. Press each tab down and away from the memory slot. If done successfully, the memory should pop out and once both tabs are away from the memory module you can lift the memory out with no effort.

Computer memory slots

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