First What Is RAM?
RAM is just a fancy way of saying random access memory in the tech world. What that really means is RAM obtains, fetches and instructs data that is stored temporarily in the memory.
How Do You Know When To Upgrade?
If you are running with 2GB or less RAM in your system, you could probably benefit from an upgrade even if you barely use your PC or run a single application at a time.
It is relatively simple to open Task Manager and check whether your memory usage is reaching the limit. If you consider yourself a power user, you’ll want to consider upgrading your PC to 6 or 8 GB of RAM.
Reasons To Upgrade Your RAM
The biggest benefit of upgrading your PC’s memory is better multi-tasking, especially for those of us using RAM-hogging applications like Photoshop, Outlook, or Google Chrome 5. Having a lot of memory means that you can quickly switch back and forth between the different applications.
To put it another way, your RAM generally does not make your PC faster, it just allows it to do more things at once. If your single application uses 200 MB of RAM, it won’t matter if you’ve got 2 or 8 GB of total system memory, but if you’ve got 10 windows open using 200 MB each, then you are probably going to benefit from an upgrade.
Very few applications are going to use large chunks of your system memory, but there are some applications that will benefit greatly from an upgrade. Image editing applications like Photoshop, video/audio editing applications, or virtual machines like VirtualBox or VMware will use as much RAM as you can spare.
So if you are a chronic multi-tasker, do yourself a favor and make sure you have an adequate amount of RAM to support all your electronic endeavors!
External hard drives connect to your computer using USB connections. These hard drives are affordable and a great way to share files on computers. There are several advantages and reasons why people might want to use external hard drives. We have compiled just a few of the many reasons why you would benefit from having one of these amazing devices!
- Large Capacities:
External hard drives come in many different increments of Terabytes (TB’s). 1TB is the equivalent to 1000 Gigabytes (GB’s). As a reference a typical Blu-ray movie contains about 8GB’s of data. So even at the smallest 1TB external hard drive you can store hundreds of movies, files and pictures. That means you can store all your most valuable data on your external drive and free up space on your computer!
- Back-Up Capabilities
It’s always a smart idea to have your data backed up. Yes, you can store and save your files directly to your computer. What happens when your computer crashes or get a virus though? All those documents could be gone in an instant, not if you have them saved on an external hard drive! External hard drives work at very high speeds, which makes it very easy to copy files over quickly for safe keeping.
One of the best things about external hard drives are how portable they are! This makes it easy to carry them around with you anywhere. They can be plugged into any computer and will be supported instantly without needing to install any drivers. A standard desktop , like the big computer you have in your home is much larger and isn’t very portable. Laptops are smaller and have been designed to cope with transport but they are still bulky and become hard to carry for prolonged periods of time. Most external hard drives are no bigger than a cell phone so they provide the convinces of having your data with you where ever you go.
- Easy to Use
External hard drives are very easy to use. USB devices are automatically detected as soon as they are plugged into any computer. They are automatically supported on Windows and Apple mac computers. As soon as you plug the drive in it will be displayed as a drive on your computer. This makes it possible to treat it exactly like it was an internal drive fitted inside your computer.
And lastly, they are affordable! With reasonable prices depending on how many terabytes you are looking for, the ball park price is around $50 to $200. With all the positive attributes external hard dives have to offer they are great devices to keep around!