Virtual Memory & disk space?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dantastic, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. dantastic macrumors 6502a

    dantastic

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    My mac is starting to run real slow and I can hear the hdd chewing like crazy so I wa looking in the ol activity monitor.

    So I've something like 2GB free RAM (green in the pie chart).
    But there's 190GB of virtual memory in use and I've only about 100GB of free space on the hdd.

    Is this possibly the reason for my slowdown? Do the virtual memory reside on disk and there's currently a good bit of contention and fragmentation?

    thanks,
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    Virtual memory is like ghost memory. It isn't stored anywhere on the drive, nor is it real memory. Only the swap memory is stored on the drive.
     
  3. dantastic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    dantastic

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    Thanks for that. I will keep looking so.
     

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