what is inactive memory?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by abhishekit, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    what is inactive ram it shows on the activity monitor..its usually a lot of ram...and why doesnt it include that in the free ram?
  2. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    Inactive RAM is RAM that a process is no longer using but still has earmarked for that process. If another process needs that RAM, it can have it. Free RAM, on the other hand, is not claimed by any process.

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