Help me with RAM please...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Floris1994, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Floris1994 Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    I am doing a science-fair project and I cant find a strait-forward explanation of RAM. Can anyone help? any help helps :apple:
  2. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    RAM - Random Access Memory. This is temporary storage for programs and data while a computer is turned on. Information is retrieved from the hard drive into RAM for the user to work with.

    Once a computer is turned off, the information in RAM is lost. For this reason, RAM is called volatile, while more permanent storage in flash drives and hard drives are non-volatile.

    Information is stored in organized arrangements of ones and zeros. Any single one or zero is called a bit, which stands for Binary digIT. 8 bits makes one byte and can store a character, like the letter A. You can get varying sizes of organized bits like nybbles and words.

    PM me if you have questions.
  3. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Ever heard of Wikipedia per chance?
  4. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    Wikipedia won't be acceptable for a school project.

    I know that sounds retarded and I've yelled at my colleagues (I'm a librarian) for it, but they just don't want to accept it.

    How It Works is more acceptable for them. Here's the URL.

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