Diffrence beetween memory and harddrive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by secondsteven, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2008
    Hi this is going to sound like a dumb question but i was wondering the diffrence beetween a har drive and a memory on a computer becasue the hard drive always had a lot of gb but the memory always have like 2 gb, also if someone could tell me what a ssd stands for and what it mes thanks
  2. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  3. macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    RAM is for things the computer is working with at the moment, the hard drive is for storing files. The hard drive is too slow to work with information effectively in real time which is why we have RAM.
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2008
    Ya the Hard Drive is like your storage or Refrigerator...
    and RAM would be your lunch bag lol.

    Well no one really needs a huge lunch bag so 2gb would be great for RAM.
    On the other hand, how big you want your refrigerator/hard drive, depends on how much you're going to put in there.
    HAHA my analogy is weird!
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    That IS a pretty nifty way to say it !

    So back to the main question
    Ram = Random access memory, its fast and expensive, and based on flash memory, which is quick and reliable, but looses stored data after a power loss! so if you turn of your pc, your ram losses all its information!

    Hard drive= A aluminum(in sata) plate which Spins, you can store lots of information on this on the cheap!

    SSD, also based on flash mamory, no moving parts but more expensive than a aluminum plate, but Very fast! Its the Future... its saving energy as well because of no moving parts! :apple:
  6. macrumors 6502a


    think of a hard drive as a film studio, they make hundreds of movies, to take up hundreds of gigs on a computer - But then you have your single movie, which take up only about 1-2gb (theoretically speaking or in blu ray.) Now you wouldn't watch hundreds of movies at once, would you? No that's just silly, you'd just watch one, which takes up the majority of your RAM.
    aka HD - hefty stuff RAM - how much your computer can use at once.

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