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はじめに

This is a very simple Teardown/Repair/ Upgrade, whatever you want to call it. But for the people who are new to repair like me, I'm going to break it down like Barney The Purple Dinosaur was teaching it to kindergardners. I'm doing this on the GX531GS but the disassembly is very similar on all of the Asus Zephyrus gaming laptops with the forward placed keyboard.

  1. First, unplug anything that is plugged into the  ports of the laptop. Next, Shut Down the laptop completely. Make sure you have the tools you need and make sure you have space to work unobstructed.
    • First, unplug anything that is plugged into the ports of the laptop.

    • Next, Shut Down the laptop completely.

    • Make sure you have the tools you need and make sure you have space to work unobstructed.

  2. Next, flip your laptop upside down and remove the 2 sets of screws highlighted in yellow with your Phillips 0 screwdriver, There are 2 sets of 2. Then open the laptop to roughly 45 degrees and place it on its side as shown. From this position you can wiggle the dust cover off. If you are having trouble then open or close the lid a little further. When you have it in the right position it will require no force, it will slide right off.
    • Next, flip your laptop upside down and remove the 2 sets of screws highlighted in yellow with your Phillips 0 screwdriver, There are 2 sets of 2.

    • Then open the laptop to roughly 45 degrees and place it on its side as shown. From this position you can wiggle the dust cover off.

    • If you are having trouble then open or close the lid a little further. When you have it in the right position it will require no force, it will slide right off.

  3. Now remove the 13 Philips 0 screws marked in yellow . Make sure you only remove the screws that are circled. There are a few that are not circled and do not need to be removed. Next remove the 6 T5 Torx screws  circled in orange
    • Now remove the 13 Philips 0 screws marked in yellow .

    • Make sure you only remove the screws that are circled. There are a few that are not circled and do not need to be removed.

    • Next remove the 6 T5 Torx screws circled in orange

    • flip the laptop over and you are going to gently pry the hinge cover off.

    • Once loose, carefully disconnect the 2 cables marked in yellow that are attaching it to the motherboard.

    what are those cables for ?

    Can Daryal - 返信

  4. It should now look like this. Now flip open the lid. Use your opening tool to pry apart the seam shown. Work your way around the seam until it is loose all the way around but do not lift the keyboard off yet.
    • It should now look like this.

    • Now flip open the lid. Use your opening tool to pry apart the seam shown.

    • Work your way around the seam until it is loose all the way around but do not lift the keyboard off yet.

  5. Very carefully lift the keyboard from the side closest to the screen while not pulling the attaching cables too tight .Once you have space to reach in, then you can unclip the 4 cables from their connectors marked with yellow boxes here and then set the entire keyboard assembly to the side. Your laptop should look like this now.
    • Very carefully lift the keyboard from the side closest to the screen while not pulling the attaching cables too tight

    • .Once you have space to reach in, then you can unclip the 4 cables from their connectors marked with yellow boxes here and then set the entire keyboard assembly to the side.

    • Your laptop should look like this now.

    • The yellow box on the left is around the SSD and the one on the right is the RAM.

  6. Push the retaining clip on each side of the RAM module to the left and right away from it. This will release the RAM and it will pop up at a 45 degree angle. You can now slide it out. Next slide your new stick of RAM  in and push it down until it clicks.
    • Push the retaining clip on each side of the RAM module to the left and right away from it. This will release the RAM and it will pop up at a 45 degree angle. You can now slide it out.

    • Next slide your new stick of RAM in and push it down until it clicks.

  7. Next, fold the ribbon out of the way that is covering the SSD and remove the SSD retaining screw. Now gently pry up on that same end until it lifts off the sticky thermal pad underneath. It doesn't take much. Once you are clear of the pad you can pull the SSD out of it's M.2 socket. Now install your new SSD and secure it with the retaining screw.
    • Next, fold the ribbon out of the way that is covering the SSD and remove the SSD retaining screw.

    • Now gently pry up on that same end until it lifts off the sticky thermal pad underneath. It doesn't take much. Once you are clear of the pad you can pull the SSD out of it's M.2 socket.

    • Now install your new SSD and secure it with the retaining screw.

    what size of nvme 80 or 110

    NARUTO - 返信

    Hey, sorry this reply took so long. I Didn’t catch the email when it first showed up. If you still need to know, it is 2280.

    TooMuchSauce -

  8. While it is apart, clean your fans from above and underneath. Get all the dust out you can. Once done you can start putting it back together in reverse order. While it is apart, clean your fans from above and underneath. Get all the dust out you can. Once done you can start putting it back together in reverse order.
    • While it is apart, clean your fans from above and underneath. Get all the dust out you can. Once done you can start putting it back together in reverse order.

終わりに

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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What about the software on the old drive, operating system and all? How to clone the m.2 drive?

Steve Del Hoyo - 返信

I used an external m.2 enclosure like the one I’ll link below and the free maxium reflect software to clone my existing drive. Once the swap is completed you can use the enclosure with your old ssd as an external drive if you want. https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-NGFF-Alum...

TooMuchSauce - 返信

The $12 or $45 one? There are two on that Amazon link

willshahbazian -

The product on that link has changed but I would use the $50 one depending on the SSD you buy.

TooMuchSauce -

Thank you! It worked for me

willshahbazian -

Thank you for the clear instructions with screen shots. Replaced memory and nvme M. 2 drive on my laptop and working great.

Venkat Tummala - 返信

Probably a very long shot but considering the memory is a 2666 do you think this 32gb ram module would be compatible?

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/32gb-1x3...

Vitor Leitão - 返信

I considered that same 32gb stick. ASUS lists the laptop capable of up to 24gb of ram but upgrade websites sell the laptop with 40gb. So the 32 go can work I just don’t know if they had to update the bios to make it work. Just remember that you have 8 GB soldered to the board and if you put anything other than 8 GB in the slot you will lose dual channel mode. This will cause you to lose performance in games but game performance in activities that are taxing on memory. I actually switched mine back to the 8 GB stick after I did these upgrades.

TooMuchSauce -

Zephyrus S models can only handle 24GB RAM one is attached to the motherboard (8GB), so the biggest one is 16GB

Rolando Fuentes -

I just followed this and upgraded my laptop with a single 32GB Crucial stick and it worked without having make any BIOS changes. So now my laptop has a total of 40GB. I use it for game dev and it works just fine

Abey Miranda -

Hello, do you have the specs of the SDD? Samsung is faster? Did you notice?

The enclosure you post seems that not work with this kind of SSD… I like the idea…but want to be sure

Thanks!!!

Rolando Fuentes - 返信

Hi, I upgraded the SSD mainly for more storage space. The Samsung drive is faster but I did not notice any difference in load times or anything like that.

TooMuchSauce -

Can you answer Roland Fuentes question about the enclosure you linked not working with the kind of SSD you have pictured. The amazon link specifically states “Note: It doesn’t support M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs” which is the pictured SSD you use. Curious if you used this enclosure to clone on the new samsung SSD because I’d like to do this upgrade myself.

Jeff Redland - 返信

Hey, sorry this reply took so long. I havent checked ifixit in a while. The enclosure worked fine for me. I only used it to clone my drive. Im not sure if it ran at full NVME speeds but it worked fine. I shopped around for quite a while because I wasnt sure what to buy because the drive that comes in the Zephyrus is keyed different than the Samsung (*original has 2 slots and Samsung has 1) even though they are both NVME. I took a chance on that enclosure and it worked.

TooMuchSauce -

Just wanted to say thanks for super clear instructions and screenshots you made for this guide. I used it to upgrade my son’s Asus ROG Zephyrus S with a Samsun EVO 970 Plus 1TB drive.

I used Macrium Reflect Home edition (Free) to clone his old 512GB INTEL M.2 SSD that came with the laptop to his new Samsung Evo.

If anyone needs the instructions on how to clone the disk with Macrium Reflect the easy way, you can find them here: Cloning a disk

Also in case you are not proficient in this process, please remember that when cloning the disks all 4 Windows partitions will clone as they are on the old disk. This means that in order to expand the OS partition to use all available SSD space, you will most likely have to manually add first 3 partitions (EFI, MSR, Recovery) to your destination, and then lastly manually add OS partition, to be able to expand it (dragging the slider) to use up all available space.

Hooba - 返信

This is great! I have taken apart hundreds of laptops in my 30+ years working on computers and it is a rare treat to have such a perfectly documented road map to follow rather than just start unscrewing and prying. Thank you very much for posting this.

bgsbnyzx11 - 返信

One or more of my fans are making a new noise intermittently at low rpms . I’ve contacted asus but they don’t sell the fans so I could replace them. Anyone have any advice what I can do to find new fans that fit in my gx531gs?

Larry Ortiz - 返信

Hi, I have the same exact problem with my zephyrus m gu502gu , it appears that rattling sound is produced by the fan being off axis ,this seems to occur only at low rpm’ s , at higher rpm’ s the fan is able to recenter itself , hence the rattling sound disappearing. i was able to find a replacement fan on aliexpress , just by typing the fan model name in the search bar. Ting to re-lubricate the fans with mineral oil yielded no success them being brush less fans.

Mihai Croitoru -

how should i remove the heat sink to repaste thermal compund on it

Shrirang Khachane - 返信

I never did the repaste but I found this video showing how to on a GX701 Zephyrus S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v... It is in Chinese but you can still follow it easily.

TooMuchSauce -

I got to the remove keyboard step and could not proceed. Something was holding the keyboard down. I couldn’t get in there enough to see what it was clearly but it looked like a ribbon cable had been taped down or something. Any advice or ideas?

alex mage - 返信

The most likely answer is that you maybe forgot to remove a screw. It is unlikely a taped down ribbon cable but not impossible. They would’ve needed it open far enough to get their hand in there to tape it. Is any of the keyboard coming free? Are you disassembling the same model as the one in the guide?

TooMuchSauce -

Good Night,

Just made all the operation and switched from the original intel to the WD Blue SN550 1TB but the Notebook seems not to recognize the SDD.

The notebook get stuck into the first screen and I could not put it to get to the BIOS. When I´ve put back the old SSD it comes back to work normally.

Any tip ?

DANIEL TAVARES - 返信

hi, can u please advice me if the W , A, D,S and SPACE BAR can be replace, there is some wear down

daniel hdz - 返信

Hey, I wish I could help but the touchpad went out on mine and I’ve yet to find a replacement. The only keyboard/touchpad parts I’ve been able to find are on ebay and it’s either just the metal frame or its the entire assembly in used condition for $300-500 which I refuse to pay. I contacted ASUS directly and they said they wont sell parts like that. You have to send your laptop in for service which also costs a fortune. Sorry man.

TooMuchSauce -

Muchas gracias!!!!!!!! me salvaste, mi computadora hacia ruido en el cooler, y la limpie y le puse WB40, ahora funciona perfecto!!! gracias

Lucas Recoaro - 返信

Hello, Your guide is pretty comprehensive, keep up the good work.

I had a couple of questions.

I have an Asus Zephyrus S GX531-GWR ,

is it possible to run 2 external monitors (not mirroring) for this Laptop?

Hiren patel - 返信

Hey. Yes you can add a 32gb stick. And I extend my desktop ina triple monitor setup daily. It handles it with ease.

TooMuchSauce -

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