HP Folio 13 – 2000 RAM Upgrade to 8GB

The HP Folio 13-2000 ships with 4GB RAM, and officially this is the only amount supported. However, the memory controller is contained within the i5-2467M CPU and it allows the unit to support 8GB of RAM. Performing this upgrade will almost certainly void your HP warranty though.

The upgrade process is a litle fiddly as you have to dismantle the unit somewhat to get at the RAM, but it is possible and does work – I’ve just done it:

HP Folio13-2000 8GB RAM

I would suggest looking at the Service Guide – it explains how to remove the various components to get at the RAM.

I bought my 8GB stick from Crucial, part number CT102464BF1339, it’s a 204-pin SODIMM, specs are 1Gx64, DDR3 1333, 1.35V, PC3-10600.

The quick version, plus a few hints, is as follows:

  1. Remove all 16 screws from the bottom, they’re all the same so you don’t need to remember which went where. You want a Phillips #1 screwdriver for this.
  2. Gently lever the metal inner face of the laptop away from the base, I suggest starting towards the hinge on the right-hand side as it seems to open easier there, then work your way around gently unclipping it. Something thinner and wider than a screwdriver ideally.
  3. Remove the keyboard. This is quite nasty as it clips into the inner face fairly firmly. The way to start is by pressing up under the “Delete” and “Backspace” keys in the top-right corner – there’s a gap that you can get a finger into. Then I suggest unclipping along the top edge first. Don’t lift the keyboard/inner face up too much as there are some pretty short ribbon cables on Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connectors. The keyboard cables are fitted such that it folds up along the bottom edge (with the spacebar) to allow you to remove the cables. These two ZIF connectors have flip-up levers to allow the cables to be removed.
  4. Undo the remaining ZIF cables attaching the inner face to the base of the laptop, and remove the inner face completely.
  5. Disconnect the battery. Be careful not to short any of the pins if you’re using a metal object to prise the connector out of its socket. Due to the short and relatively thick wire used this connector keeps pushing itself back into the socket, so watch out.
  6. Now replace the RAM SODIMM, push the two metal levers outwards and the SODIMM will spring out – with some force!
  7. Fit your 8GB SODIMM, then reverse the above process.
  8. Done.

Note that with my Folio, the RAM module that was fitted is actually a faster DDR3 1600 version, but it runs at DDR3 1333 speeds (see the Product Description section in the Service Guide, p. 1, and also the Datasheet). The Windows Performance Index for the RAM stayed at 7.1 after the 8GB DDR3 1333 module I mentioned above was fitted.

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31 Responses to HP Folio 13 – 2000 RAM Upgrade to 8GB

  1. Martin says:

    Didn’t have to disconnect the battery, but accidentially disconnected the touchpad cable from its ZIF connector – after fixing this everything works perfect but with 8gb ram now. Thank you for this great tutorial!


  2. rcmtech says:

    The reason for disconnecting the battery is to ensure that all the electronics is powered down before you remove a sensitive component (in this case the RAM).


  3. Nick says:

    Lifesaver :) I got a sillica gel ball in the headphone socket of my folio13, didn’t think it would be covered under warranty so I took it apart and forced a pin through the back of the headphone socket to nudge it out. It worked but then I couldnt get the zif connectors back on until I read this and managed to get the keyboard un-clipped, worked a charm. Thanks. All sillica gel now removed from laptop bag!


  4. Good hints and looking forward to follow your steps with my own upgrade. Just wondering why a 1.35v RAM module, given that apparently the HP Folio has DDR3 support (1.5V) not DDR3L (1.35V). Is the Crucial one a dual mode module (1.35V – 1.5V)? Do you know what’s the model and/or voltage of the module you removed?


  5. guest says:

    I opened Folio 13 to replace SDD. Now I can not figure out how to connect the keyboard to the base. The cables/ribbons are too short and I can not property insert them in to the connectors and close it. There is not enough space in between motherboard and the keyboard so I can insert my hand and insert the cables. Can some one please explain how to connect the wires/ribbons underneath the keyboard to the motherboard.


    • rcmtech says:

      See the keyboard removal procedure in the service guide (link in main post). Specifically pages 27 & 28: “Lift the rear edge of the keyboard, gently swing the keyboard forward slightly” plus associated picture.


    • rf says:

      I ran into the same problem… Couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to reattach the cables. Looking at the service guide explained everything. Instead of removing the keyboard (the black piece) I had removed the complete inner face (including the keyboard). From there on, it easy.


      • Tamas says:

        After you remove the complete inner face, then you must remove the keybord from the inner face. Start pressing the “delete” and “backspace” from below!


  6. Tamas says:

    Thank you for the perfect manual! : ) I have now 8GB in my Folio-13 ; )


  7. Eric says:

    Excellent tutorial. Thanks. Getting the keyboard out is a bitch though! Goes back together really easily.


  8. CJ says:

    I was wondering if someone could direct me, I have gotten my 8gb installed by a certified hp tech. Now it seems that more often than not it unseats its self, in the year I have owned it, maybe a dozen or so times. Any help would be greatly apperciated.


    • rcmtech says:

      This is then surely for the HP tech to resolve? Sounds like the SODIMM isn’t being latched into place properly, or the latches are faulty. The obvious thing would be to replace the original 4GB SODIMM and see if it stays put.


  9. Adam G says:

    Just completed the RAM upgrade. Thank you for the tutorial. Not very difficult at all. Used my fingernails to separate the inner metal plate and thanks to my wife’s nimble fingers was able to get all the little delicate cables back into place.


  10. Richard Frank says:

    hi there! i know that this topic is kind of old, however i must let you know it still works, and works well! i found this ultrabook in a store discount (about $500) and im pretty happy with a now attached 8gb ram module.. however i first tried with a 1.5 volt one and it started to give me some freeze ups, so i had it changed for 1.35v and works perfectly.

    anyways, i was wondering if you know if this laptop supports sata ssd… im having trouble understanding about the hard drive connection used for this computer, from what i read, i must purchase an msata drive, not microsata but msata, is this correct? or is it compatible with any kind of ssd drive connections? also, whats the deal with pci/e compatibility drive? that some ssd offers?

    thanks in advance foe any Reply!


    • David Go says:

      Without having opened it up it appears that the hard drive in the Folio 13 is an mSATA (mini-Sata) device (ie connects to a mini-PCIexpress interface), so you can’t replace it with a standard sata SSD as it won’t fit. A Micro-SATA drive has the wrong connector so wont work.


  11. What about a 8GB DDR3 1600MHz module? The CPU supports it. Thoughts?

    I am also upgrading the SSD, looking for a cheap deal on eBay :)


  12. Adam says:

    Just followed your excellent 8 point guide to upgrading the memory on my Folio 13. Worked perfectly and I’m typing this from an 8Gb equipped machine. Some effort required to separate the metal case and also effort required to separate the keyboard but apart from that it was pretty straightforward. Many thanks for taking the time to post -really appreciated.


  13. ROY says:

    hello friends, those who have upgraded are getting a better speed or not? i am asking this question because if CPU supports 8 GB RAM, then why company will hide it? this would have increased the value of this laptop… it not it? Is there any other bottleneck in the configuration, that actually restricts speed even after upgrading the RAM? thanks


    • rcmtech says:

      More RAM won’t necessarily make your system faster. It depends what the current bottleneck is. Which may change depending on how you use the system.
      Adding more RAM would help if the software you’re running demands more than the standard 4GB RAM – it’ll stop windows from swapping RAM out to disk.
      But if the bottleneck is currently CPU it won’t help at all.
      If the bottleneck is disk, RAM may help, depending on how the application talks to the disk. Windows can use free RAM to cache disk data.


      • ROY says:

        i understood. But what is the benefit observed in this laptop after upgrading RAM? THANKS


  14. Andrew Biggs says:

    This is really helpful. There’s no chance the Folio 13 would accept a 16GB RAM chip is there? At the time this was written 16G chips probably weren’t common, but they’re affordable now if the HP could handle that much. It’s a nice laptop other then the low 4G base RAM. Thanks!


  15. Tracy says:

    Hi there, I have a friend whose Folio has booted to a SMART/drive failing screen. There is no recovery media that they can find (either lost it or never made it). If I replace the mSSD will I be able to simply install a generic Win7 & activate it via their key? Also, will a 256GB drive run fine– no limits on that being seen properly?

    Lastly, your link to the service guide is dead. Here’s a new one: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03177452.pdf

    Cheers from AU!


  16. Tracy says:

    I’ve attempted to run the recovery media creator (obviously never run– as HP does that idiotic, “you can only run this ONCE”, B.S.– even though if you create it once, your can clone it so why limit it to one??? Gah!), & it bombs out. So, I have no media. I’d like to help this person out but not if it’s going to = new mSSD PLUS buying HP media….It’s only got the 4GB RAM so already becoming somewhat obsolete. Your thoughts? I see you’ve read my last post– any ideas?


    • rcmtech says:

      If you’re getting SMART errors then the original drive is more than likely dying. If you can’t read the data off the old drive then you’ll have to install Windows fresh on a new drive. If you can read the old drive you can try using something like Clonezilla to copy the old drive onto a new one (use a USB to mSATA adapter). Whether the activation code will work on a non-HP supplied copy of Windows, I don’t know, but you can probably find a Windows 7 ISO somewhere – just make sure it’s the right edition (e.g. professional). You might also need to obtain the storage driver from HP as that might not be included with the Windows installer and without it it might not see the laptop’s SSD. Might as well upgrade the RAM whilst you’ve got the case open, it’s still a perfectly reasonable CPU so resurrecting the machine will be cheaper than buying a new one. A larger SSD should cause no issues.


      • Tracy says:

        Assuming the original is going south as I cannot even get it to create a recovery USB. Data is not an issue. I have many versions of OEM & retail Win 7– I was just hoping someone had actually ever had to replace/upgrade the mSSD, W/O HP image, so I’d know what to expect.


  17. Henry Taylor says:

    used this as a guide to re seat my ram, absolutely brilliant!


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