Toshiba’s offering in the mid-range, Satellite L50-C, has just arrived in our office and the first the we did was to perform a teardown. It was fairly easy since all the hardware that you’d eventually want to upgrade is under the main back cover. In the article below you can see all the steps needed to perform a simple upgrade, as well as learn more about the components.
1. Removing the battery
Before proceeding, we suggest you remove the user accessible battery. It’s located at the back of the notebook between the hinges. To remove it just gently pull it out. Note that you have to pull out rather then up. As you can see in the photo below, the battery is manufactured by Toshiba and it’s rated at 45Wh / 2800 mAh.
2. Removing the back panel
Start by removing all the screws on the back. After you’ve removed the panel you will see the 2.5″ HDD. In our case it’s once again an in-house Toshiba 5400 rpm, 1 TB storage capacity. The upper part of the motherboard contains the two RAM slots, and our configuration has only one 8GB chip, so adding another one is possible. The RAM is manufactured by Samsung. To the right of the memory slots, under a small white cable you can find the Wi-Fi module from Intel, model number AC-3160.
Unfortunately, there’s no additional HDD or NGFF slot for an M.2 SATA device, but you can always swap the optical drive for another 2.5″ HDD or SSD.