Understanding desktop memory
RAM is your desktop’s memory, but it is not storage. You cannot manually delete anything from your computer’s RAM if you are trying to free up space. RAM stands for Random Access Memory, and it is essentially a temporary storage location for your computer’s programs while they are in use. Once you close down a program because you are finished using it, it will be removed from your computer’s RAM automatically.
On the other hand, your hard-drive is your desktop’s permanent storage. Here it stores all of your documents, pictures, and programs all the time. If you want to free up space on your computer, you will need to delete from here manually – but once you do, whatever you delete will be completely removed from your desktop.
Your desktop’s virtual memory is used temporarily by your computer to store any RAM programs that you have loaded but that you are not currently using. If your system is running low on RAM, your desktop will use more virtual memory so it can free up the space it needs to operate effectively. However, if this happens you will see your computer acting much slower than normal. That’s a good indication that you should quit a few programs or close down a few Internet browser tabs.
If you’d like to help your current RAM work a little better, it’s a good idea to close down any applications you are not using so your computer isn’t trying to focus on too many things all at once. Sometimes, restarting your computer can also give your RAM a quick refresh.
Improving your Desktop Performance
Having more RAM on your desktop can help it to run faster. It’s easy to purchase more RAM for your desktop to help increase its speed. You can also perform easy, regular maintenance on your desktop to keep it running at its best. This includes keeping some free space on your hard-drive – imagine it as some “breathing room” for your desktop. You can transfer large files like movies, pictures and music to an external hard-drive to free up some space easily.
There are also several programs you can download to help your computer run more efficiently by compressing files, defragmenting your hard-drive and removing temporary system files. Overall, it’s important to treat your desktop well, both RAM and hard-drive, if you want to keep your computer running smoothly.