Sunday, January 30, 2011

Why can’t I use the Hard Disk Space as RAM?

Something amazing happened! We got our first reader question on PC Geek. Without much ado, let’s get started.

Sullivan asked us Why the Hard Disk Space can’t be utilized in the place of RAM. Very Interesting, indeed.

Your Hard disk space is already utilized as RAM by Windows. This is called Virtual Memory and the same can be found by following the steps below:

Right click Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > Settings (under performance) > Advanced (Tab) > Change (Under Virtual memory)

It’s often best to leave the Virtual memory management to your system.

Virtual Mem

Although Windows uses Virtual Memory, the speed doesn’t really change a lot and the most effective way to improve your system performance would be to purchase “actual” RAM since RAM memory can be accessed faster than that of a conventional HDD’s memory.

Why is RAM faster?

RAM does not have moving parts like a Hard Disk and this, in my opinion should be the reason why RAM is faster than HDD. But, If you use a SSD (Solid State Drive) instead, Virtual memory might be more effective.

Ready Boost:

Since you showed interest in improving your system performance without having to buy RAM, I feel I should tell about Ready boost. It’s a concept where you can use your USB flash drive’s memory as RAM (but, again this won’t be very effective). Read this Microsoft Manual about Read boost for more information.


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