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Lenovo Legion 5-17IMH05 - How Much Can Memory Can I Add?  How Many Additoinal Drives?

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Can someone supply me with links showing what I can add in terms of memory and hard drives?
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According to that site:
You can have one SATA HDD and one NVMe storage device.

Also.. 2 8G RAM modules.
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Lenovo will give you good details at:
https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/Legion/Lenovo_Legion_5_17IMH05/Lenovo_Legion_5_17IMH05_Spec.PDF

Curious.

Where do you see that in the PDF you linked to CompProbSolv?

Just looks like a standard specifications sheet that doesn't address the OPs question to me?
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@Andrew:

I see:
Chipset Memory Intel HM470 Chipset 16GB max offering / 2933MHz DDR4, dual-channel capable, two DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets
And:
Storage Up to 2 drives (one HDD and one M.2 SSD): ● HDD / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm high ● M.2 2280 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4 ● M.2 2242 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4

Technically, I should have said that you can't add any hard drives, but I took the question more generically about storage devices.

That said, crucial.com is an excellent resource for the same information.  I use it often.  Your suggestion was a very good one.
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THIS is NOT my machine:
https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/Legion/Lenovo_Legion_5_17IMH05/Lenovo_Legion_5_17IMH05_Spec.PDF
This is my laptop:
1. My laptop is a 17IMH05H.  The PDF only shows 17IMH05.  Missing "H"!
My laptop graphics card is NVIDIA Geoforce RTX 2060 - Adapter RAM is 1,048,576 Not 4 Gig!

The Microcenter site has this link on the laptop:
it also says I have 6Gig Graphics
https://www.microcenter.com/product/623132/lenovo-legion-5-17imh05h-173-gaming-laptop-computer---black


Maximum memory is 16 Gig?????   WTF!    Is that the most memory I can put in this machine?   Yikes!    Usually, I can replace those memory modules and add more memory (Two 32 Gig modules or two 64gig, etc.)  I have 64Gig in my earlier laptop!!!   Why the lack of expansion capability? This is frightening!
Also, what kind of HDD SATA can I purchase for this machine.  I don't want to buy a SATA HDD that's incompatible.



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It appears that there are quite a few under that model number, 3 in the US alone, but the differences appear to be in add-ons:
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/Legion/Lenovo_Legion_5_17IMH05H

It does show that you can use NVMe storage.  I'd highly recommend that for your primary (boot and programs) storage.  If you can't get high enough capacity, a 2.5" SSD should be a good choice to make up the difference.

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Going back to my original question: It makes no logical sense that I can't add more memory.  16 gig seems like an awfully small amount of memory for any pc, much less a laptop.

16 Gig seems like a very low amount of MAX memory for such an expensive machine!
I used to upgrade my laptops to 64 or 128 G  And now 16 is the max?  


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Also, what kind of HDD SATA can I purchase for this machine.  I don't want to buy a SATA HDD that's incompatible.

Scroll down the page on the link I provided earlier to get a list of available HD upgrade options. By SATA HDD I assume you're not talking about a mechanical drive, but an SSD? I would strongly recommend you don't install a mechanical sata drive. Only SSD should be considered these days.

It makes no logical sense that I can't add more memory.  16 gig seems like an awfully small amount of memory for any pc, much less a laptop.

It comes down to getting what is planned for at the time of purchase, unfortunately. The limitation is a result of the mainboard and its bios combination. The 'expensive' cost of the laptop really has nothing to do with it. Many laptops are incredibly over-priced at the time of purchase. Identical limitations apply to Desktop computers too, again, dependant on the mainboard the desktop is built with.

I used to upgrade my laptops to 64 or 128 G  And now 16 is the max?  

No, there are countless laptop models available that accept much higher memory configurations. Not surprisingly, many people don't bother with thinking about future upgrade requirements when purchasing laptops (or desktops for that matter).

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>I used to upgrade my laptops to 64 or 128 G  And now 16 is the max?  
Your CPU supports 128GB
I think https://uk.crucial.com/compatible-upgrade-for/lenovo/lenovo-legion-5p-15imh05#memory is the right machine and they list bigger SODIMMs than 8GB.
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Thank you for the testimonial brothertruffle880 - much appreciated.

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