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Memory vs RAM

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Difference between computer memory and hard drive

Memory and hard drive space are two very different things and they are the most commonly misunderstood terms in the computing world. Bellow you will find explanations about what is the difference between the two of them. In case you have any hard drive or memory problems with your laptop, pc, macbook or Imac our technicians at CSD can diagnose and fix the problem for you.

What is a hard drive ?

Called “hard-drive” or “hard-disk” it`s only purpose is to store data. It can vary in size and amount of data that it can store. So, hard drives are used to store information. Generally they are identified as having an IDE or SATA connection (nowadays SATA is the standard), 2.5″ or 3.5″ in physical size and anywhere from 20gb (very old) to 4Tb in storage s

What is memory ?

Memory or technically called RAM (Random-access-memory) is used to store currently running programs, including the operating system. For example when you want to create a new Excel file, the program is loaded into the memory and when you close it the program will be unloaded from the memory. Thus, the memory is a volatile environment that does not keep personal files but only stores system data required by your computer only when the computer is on and it actually requires that data.

Conclusion :

Memory stores certain programs needed by the system at certain times and it will be cleared when the computer shuts down and hard drive refers to where the data is stored ( Windows files and personal files) and it does not get cleared when the computer shuts down

In case you have any hard drive or memory problems with your tablet, laptop, pc, macbook or iMac our technicians at CSD can diagnose and fix the problem for you.