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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 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.


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 »

Computer Memory Pictures

The different types of computer memory can be confusing. Take a look at these pictures of RAM, ROM, flash memory and more to learn about what the various types of memory are up to in your computer. See more »

What is virtual memory?

Chances are good that your operating system includes virtual memory. It makes your computer act like it has a lot more RAM than actually it does. Find out what virtual memory is and how it increases the speed of your PC. See more »

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 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 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 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 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 Virtual Memory Works

Chances are good that your operating system includes virtual memory. It makes your computer act like it has a lot more RAM than it does. Find out what virtual memory is and how it increases the speed of your PC. See more »

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 »