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How The Computer Memory System Works

Mar 26, 2008
You are probably tied to your computer with work and personal use. It is not surprising considering how much time is spent working on computers each day. The world would come to a grinding halt without them. But they cannot work if they do not have the right amount of computer memory installed.

Everything your pc performs, from software to hardware, involves the computer's storage. It can also mean the difference between having a fast computer and having one that takes forever.

Your laptop or desktop memory is very important. It is how the pc runs and how the software runs. It is certainly more than just being able to save a document you are typing or being able to download a song. The memory computer systems need is centered around how fast it can run and how quickly data can be loaded.

A pc's memory is the amount of storage on it. Taking for example generic memory, when a pc stores information in its temporary memory it is able to run much faster.

The process of accessing computer storage is very easy. The Central Processing Unit (or CPU) wants to use the closest information it can find first. So it stores vital information to keep the computer running efficiently in a temporary storage or cache first.

Only after looking in this file will the pc search through the long term permanent storage. Both desktop computers and notebooks use this same method for gathering its information.

There are a few terms you need to know when it comes to your computer's memory. The first is RAM which stands for Random Access Memory. The second is ROM (Read-Only Memory).

The third is OS which stands for Operating System and finally BIOS which is Basic Input/Output System. Each of these terms is used to describe how the pc's storage is used to access the information and load the systems.

Computer memory can seem a bit complicated. There are a lot of terms to know and it can be confusing. The best summary is that the faster the computer is, the more it needs to keep a temporary folder to access information.

Think of it like a Post-It note that you write down a phone number on when you are in a hurry. You will not leave the number on there if it is important, you will save it someplace else. But you have it there for quick reference.
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