MEMORY

Memory refers to the amount of storage you have in your computer. We'll explore topics like RAM, caching and virtual memory.
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How Flash Memory Works

Unlike conventional hard drives, flash memory has no moving parts to break. And it can be used in smaller spaces, such as a pocket camera or cell phone. So why use anything else?

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  • Does adding more RAM to your computer make it faster?
    Does adding more RAM to your computer make it faster?

    Up to a point, adding RAM (random access memory) will cause your computer to feel faster on certain types of operations. RAM is important because of an operating system component called the virtual memory manager (VMM). See more »

  • How BIOS Works
    How BIOS Works

    One of the most common uses of Flash memory is for the basic input/output system of your computer, commonly known as the BIOS. On virtually every system available, the BIOS makes sure all the other chips, hard drives, ports and CPU function together. See more »

  • How Caching Works
    How Caching Works

    Caching increases the speed at which your computer pulls data from memory. Do you know how it speeds things up? How can a little cache go a really, really long way? See more »

  • How Computer Memory Works
    How Computer Memory Works

    Like our brains, computers use both short-term and long-term memory to store data. But the similarities end there. There are several types of computer memory that are arranged based on both technical and financial concerns. See more »

  • How Flash Memory Works
    How Flash Memory Works

    Unlike conventional hard drives, flash memory has no moving parts to break. And it can be used in smaller spaces, such as a pocket camera or cell phone. So why use anything else? See more »

  • How Holographic Memory Will Work
    How Holographic Memory Will Work

    We're talking Star Wars-level futuristic here: Holographic memory could potentially store terabytes of data in a 1-centimeter cube. Learn how tomorrow's ultra-high-capacity computer memory will work! See more »

  • How RAM Works
    How RAM Works

    Random access memory is the most well-known form of computer memory. It's as important to your computer's operation as the CPU, because it determines how quickly and efficiently your computer can perform your requested tasks. See more »

  • How Removable Storage Works
    How Removable Storage Works

    Removable memory has unchained us from our PCs -- we can now carry gigabytes of data wherever we go in a device the size of a matchbox. Learn about the three major digital storage technologies. See more »

  • How ROM Works
    How ROM Works

    Read-only memory is not only essential to your computer, but is also used in everything from video games to microwaves. Learn about the different types of ROM and how they're used. See more »

  • How Secure Digital Memory Cards Work
    How Secure Digital Memory Cards Work

    Secure Digital cards are versatile, easy to use and found in all kinds of portable electronics. How do these tiny flash memory devices hold so much information? See more »

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