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What is Virtual RAM, and why do you need it?

What is Virtual RAM, and why do you need it?

Just when you maxed out on memory, there's a little bit more. Computers have a finite amount of random-access memory or RAM, so memory can run out, especially when running multiple programs at the same time. Virtual memory makes it possible to compensate for a computer's physical memory shortages by temporarily transferring data from RAM to disk storage. With virtual memory, the system can load larger programs or multiple programs running at the same time, operating as if it has infinite memory.

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What is Virtual RAM, and Why Do You Need It?

It's a feature of OS that allows your computer or smartphone to use its secondary storage (hard drive) as if it were additional random-access memory (RAM). This means that you can run more applications without having to close any of them. Virtual RAM is an extension that allows you to use your computer as if it had more memory than it actually does. It will make your computer run faster and smoother by freeing up some space on your hard drive.

What is Virtual RAM/Memory?

The difference between your physical RAM and virtual RAM is in the term "virtual." RAM is physical memory, such as your system's hard drive. RAM is the memory used by your computer/smartphone. It includes the bytes that tell your computer what program to run, as well as the space for that program. Virtual RAM is essentially just the extra space in your hard drive. You can run more programs (or more browser tabs at once) without having to close any of them. Virtual RAM is great because it frees up space on your hard drive. What does that mean for your computer? Your computer doesn't have to work harder to hold all of the programs running on it, which means that it can have more RAM (which you can then put into your memory card or a memory stick). 

The Basics of how your PC/smartphone uses RAM

Many computers/Laptops use a 2.5-inch (HDD or SSD) or UFS storage in the case of smartphones for their main storage. This has limited capacity. When a computer processes more than a few hundred kilobytes of data, it writes data to your hard drive. The problem is that this process becomes slower and slower the more you use the main storage. The other problem is that, if you don't delete old files, your computer will fill up its hard disk with old files that have not been touched for a long time. If you store every file on the hard disk and keep opening them, you can easily fill up your hard disk. You can't keep storing old files forever. That's why your computer needs extra memory. For example, the default RAM on your computer, while it's running normally, can hold about 8 gigabytes (GB). But that's a very limited amount of memory.

Why do you need Virtual RAM/Memory?

The older a smartphone/PC/Laptop gets, the slower it is. This is because the older a computer gets, the more it has to slow down its hard drive to deal with the massive amount of data it stores. But now that modern computers are manufactured to use less power and offer better performance, the heat from the hard drive is no longer necessary, which frees up valuable space on the computer's internal computer. The biggest problem with running Windows on an older computer is that the operating system may use up too much RAM to handle all of the programs on your hard drive. This means that you'll have to close several applications to free up more RAM for Windows. 

Benefits of having Virtual RAM/Memory

Here are some benefits of Virtual RAm: -

  1. It reduces the size of your hard drive and makes it more affordable.
  2. It helps improve your PC/smartphone's performance because it doesn't need a hard disk to make it run.
  3. It allows you to store many programs in a single RAM stick that can be done faster than normal.
  4. It speeds up the speed of your computer/smartphone.
  5. It'll let you open and run multiple large applications to run simultaneously.


Virtual RAM will help you, and anyone who needs to use a computer/smartphone for tasks like editing videos or editing photos, saving them from having to open files in different programs with lots of ease. 

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