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Asus Rog Strix G15 G513IC-EB73 Quick Storage Upgrade Guide


We've talked recently about how to upgrade the RAM on the Asus Rog Strix G15 G513IC-EB73. And while we firmly advocate for users to do just that, RAM isn't the only thing a user can upgrade on the Asus Rog Strix G15 G513IC-EB73

Specifically, you may also upgrade the storage and with a base storage of 512 GB there's a strong chance you might want to, be it now or down the line. In any case, today I'm going to walk you through the process step-by-step so that you can see how relatively easy it is.

Let's get on with it!

How to Upgrade the Storage on the Asus Rog Strix G15 G513IC-EB73. 

What type of storage may I use?

First off you should know that, unlike many other laptops, this particular model does not feature a 2.3-inch SATA bay, which means it only affords us one way of expanding the storage: though a dedicated PCIe M.2 SSD 2280 form-factor unit.

This isn't all that bad since we would've encouraged you to get this type of storage anyhow as it delivers roughly 7 times the read/write speed off your standard 2.5-inch SATA SSD and costs roughly the same. It's also slightly easier to install as you just need to insert the module in the slot and screw it into place. 

Having said that, I would either recommend getting a 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus or the 500 GB version of the same storage unit as it has an excellent performance. 

How Do I perform the Storage Upgrade?

Now that you've got your storage unit ready to go you're going to need a screwdriver and something that you can use to pry open the laptop such as a guitar pick or something of the sorts. 

Step 1: Before you even think about starting the upgrade you need to make sure that the laptop is turned off and the power source is disconnected from the laptop. Now place the laptop on its back and remove all the screws located at the bottom. After doing that you're going to make use of the prying tool to help you remove the lower cover from the laptop like so:

Step 2: Unlike most laptops where you would simply pull off the lower case, here we've got a couple of ribbon cables to take into account, both of which are connected to the lower end of the motherboard and provide the RGB downlights. To disconnect these cables simply pull upwards on the locking mechanism and it will release the cables like so:

Step 3: Now that you've removed the ribbon cables you will see that the PCIe slot for the SSD is located just to the left of the left ribbon cable. Right next to where it says "SSD2". You'll notice that the slot is empty, unlike the one located just above it where you can observe the onboard storage. 

Step 4: As shown on the image above, there's also a screw located on the far end of the available slot. Remove it as you'll need it to screw the PCIe unit into place. Afterwards, insert the storage unit at a 45-degree angle making sure the pins properly align like so: 

Step 5: Now simply press down on the SSD and screw it into its place with the screw you removed in the previous step, like so: 

Step 6: Now that you've correctly inserted the storage you're going to need to re-attach the ribbon cables and place the back cover on again, using the screws you used to detach it.

Step 7: Finally, turn the laptop on. Don't worry if the storage doesn't show up at first. Simply head over to Disk Management, find your new drive on the list of available drives and initialize it by right-clicking on it. Once it's been initialized you can go ahead and right-click on it again and you'll be able to easily create a new simple volume. 

And that's it, that's all it takes to upgrade the storage on the Asus Rog Strix G15 G513IC-EB73. In any case, we would also urge you to upgrade the RAM as you'll see a much better performance overall which is a pretty big deal on a laptop that already features a solid performance as a whole from the get-go.