Converting Memory to RAM???

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ElectricMan5, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. ElectricMan5 macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to convert the memory on your harddrive into RAM?

    Or how about letting all applications use Virtual Memory?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You already use several gigabytes of Virtual RAM. If you need more, you have to buy more.
     
  3. JNB macrumors 604

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    Not. A. Good. Idea. One is for memory, the other is for storage. VM is a specialized use, and only for when not enough RAM can be allocated. The only solution is to get more RAM, really.

    RAM: 5-70 nanosecond access time
    HDD: 5,000,000-15,000,000 nanosecond (5-15 millisecond) access time.
     
  4. ElectricMan5 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    So, Electricman5, I am curious what problem it is that you are trying to fix. I think the assumption is you want more speed - is that correct?
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Your OS already does this automatically. You don't need to reinvent the wheel.

    The problem is that hard drives are an order of magnitude slower than RAM, so using Virtual Memory slows the machine down.
     
  7. ElectricMan5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats it... I have the old PowerBook G4 with 512 mb of ram... i was just wondering if i could get it to run faster.
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yes, install more real RAM.

    No shortcuts are available.
     

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