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What is Memory (RAM)?
While the informaton on your computer is stored on your hard drive, it's not the fastest way to access it. That's where RAM (Random Access Memory) comes in.

When a program or file loads up, the system temporarilly stores some of that information in the computer's memory. That way, it can be accessed faster. Memory is separate from your hard drive and is usually smaller than the amount of space the drive contains. Most computers have from 512MB to 1GB of RAM for best performance.

Memory requires the computer be turned on in order to store information. Any information contained in the RAM is lost when the computer is turned off or rebooted. In order to be preserved, it must be written to the hard drive or another storage device.

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