ML: why is VM so big?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Racineur, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Racineur macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2013
    Montréal, Québec
    OK, a newbie question...Activity Monitor shows VM at 227 gig. It's a huge VM don't you think?
    iMac 27 2013 - 8 g RAM - 1 To Fusion Drive - ML 10.8.4
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Here are a few threads that might help explain or at least put your fears to rest:

    Essentially the answer is, do not worry about it. The way I understand it is that the system is allocating that much VM based on the apps. you are using and their RAM requirements, but it does not mean that the system is actively using this amount of VM, it is more like "if we need it this is what we require".
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I've had VMs bigger than my system volume for many years. It's not a ... "real" value that you need to worry about.

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