Ram question...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dilgit, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. dilgit macrumors regular

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    #1
    Sorry if this has been asked before. Please help me understand how ram allocation works. I have 16GB ram on my imac 2011 and allocated 4GB to Parallels for Windows 7. Are these 4GB gone forever, even when I don't use Win 7? Or are they available to windows 7 only when I open parallels? Also, if parallels is shut down, do I have all 16GB ram available for Lion or just 12GB?
     
  2. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    The 4 GB of RAM is only used when you virtualized. When you shut down the virtual machine, it gets released and you have all 16 GB.
     

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