Need more space... RAM or hard drive??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ozzlil, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. ozzlil macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009
    Silly I know....but if I am running out of space on my iMac that has 2 free memory slots...can I just add additional RAM to be able to store more photos or would I need a bigger hard drive??
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    You will need a larger or additional hard drive or solid state drive. RAM will not increase storage capacity.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    RAM is memory. Hard drives and SSDs are storage. You can't store your photos or anything else in RAM. You need a bigger hard drive, or an external drive to store some of your data.

    Understanding RAM versus hard-drive space via an analogy
  4. ozzlil, Oct 15, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012

    ozzlil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009
    So glad I asked, thanks for the help. I will buy an external hard drive and move pictures onto that.

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