Ram, memory, remember?

Good afternoon everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m going to make a prediction right now. There’s a ton of talk about the “doomsday” this year (reference the movie 2012 starring John Cusak!) but I have a sneaking suspicion that the internet has gotten a hold of this notion and it’s a viral hoax. Mission Repair will be here in 2013!

I just got off the phone today with a customer that wasn’t sure about memory for his computer. In fact, he went on to ask about the RAM for the same computer and just wasn’t sure about the differences between the two.

Being in the business, it comes naturally – memory and RAM are the same thing. Actually, RAM stands for “Random Access Memory” so the term “memory” is short for RAM. RAM is considered “random access” because you can access any memory cell directly if you know the row and column that intersect at that cell. In addition to serving as temporary storage and working space for the operating system and its applications, RAM is used in numerous other ways.

However RAM (and memory) is DIFFERENT than storage. Storage is typically referred to as the hard drive or the hard disk but let’s leave that for another topic later.

So should you increase your RAM? Typically the answer is YES, however we will leave you to decide. The main point of this discussion? Well we’d be happy to address your RAM module needs and inexpensively we can upgrade your system (if it allows) and even trade in your old RAM toward an upgrade! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon.

Best, Ryan

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