Here’s How You Can Upgrade the Components on a Surface Studio [Video]
Microsoft’s Surface Studio is definitely not for those who are on a budget, and it is targeted to a very specific group of people, meaning that this is probably not the machine for you. However, for those that do require it, you’ll be glad to know that the components fitted inside the AIO can be upgraded and we have the perfect video tutorial lined up just for you.
Surface Studio Storage Drives Are Easily Upgradable – Check Out the Video to Find Out How to Replace Your Storage Drives
Open the housing of the Surface Studio, and you will find two storage drives present inside the machine. One of them is a 2.5-inch hard drive that utilizes the SATA interface, while the other one is an M.2 drive that is present a few inches away from the machine. The easiest part of the video tutorial appears to be when you attempt to replace the M.2 SSD, and replacing it with a faster SSD is a piece of cake. However, thanks to the efforts of TWiT Netcast Network, you will be able to find out how to replace the 2.5-inch drive as well.
Since all drives featuring the 2.5-inch form factor use the SATA interface, it will be a breeze to replace them. However, the problem arises when the drive is located below the copper cooling solution. This means that you will have to remove this solution that cools the CPU and GPU using a certain screw driver which you’ll know about once you watch the video. The drive is locked in place thanks to a mounting bracket and removing that, you can install a brand new hard drive in its place. However, when you’re mounting back the copper cooling solution, it is advised that you re-apply the thermal compound on both the CPU and GPU to allow proper contact between the cooling solution and these two components.
Also keep in mind that because the Surface Studio features several USB ports, you can install Windows 10 via a USB flash drive, which is perhaps the easiest part of the entire installation. If you’re interested in upgrading your Surface Studio down the road with faster storage, be sure to watch the video, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.