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Toshiba Computer RAM

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is part of your computer's memory systems. RAM has the benefit of being faster than a CD or hard drive in terms of data retrieval speed, but requires a constant supply of power to function. Should the power be lost, for example the computer shutting down unexpectedly, everything stored in the RAM is lost. This is called a volatile memory.

Choosing a RAM size

For most systems and software, 4GB of RAM is considered the acceptable minimum. For browsing the internet, using word documents and sending emails, this much RAM will do the trick. The optimal level is widely considered to be 8GB, which can handle most other tasks such as multimedia and moderate gaming without much hassle. 16GB or more will produce superior results and memory will never be an issue. Bear in mind you need a 64-bit operating system in order to use more than 4GB of RAM.

Installing RAM

RAM is one of the easiest computing hardware components to install. Once the computer is open, find your motherboard and locate the RAM sockets. There should be an empty one. RAM sockets sometimes need to be filled in a particular order. Your computer manual should be able to shed some light on this.

In terms of actually installing the RAM, it is about as complicated as LEGO. Just open the socket by opening any clasps, pop the RAM into place and re-do the clasps. Easy! From there just shut the computing tower.

Some warnings

As with most activities involving electricity or computing hardware, there are some risks. There are some important things to bear in mind.

Make sure that you turn off your computer and disconnect from power before opening it up. It is recommended that you ground yourself with a specially designed strap to avoid static build up. If no strap is available, touch a metal surface once in while. When in doubt, consult a professional and have them do it for you.

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