Ram question...

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

  1. dilgit macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    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


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    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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