RAM (Random Access Memory or in other words Random A Word Moments)

Okay friends, let us start with the RAM. Eventually, throughout this post, I’m gonna stop capitalizing the word RAM because it seriously takes too much effort to do all that (I’m on a time crunch like always). So the RAM (you like how I capitalized it for you and just you?) is short for random access memory. Another way to remember the ram and its responsibilities is to use the acronym random a** moments (I have to keep this PG so I had to bleep out the a** part so that I can still classify it as PG).

Okay, I’m stalling right now. What does the random access memory do? Wellllllll to sum it up, it pretty much temporarily stores information that is needed. So, if you request for something, it gets retrieved from the Hard Drive and goes and temporarily stays in the ram for the CPU to “call it”. So yes ram is very important to your computer and we’ll get to that part in another post.

So I don’t know if this got through or not earlier, but ram can only store things on itself when the computer is on. So when you turn the computer off, all the data goes back to the Hard Drive.

Here’s your definition:

Ram (random access memory) – A component in the computer that saves data/memory temporarily so that processes in your computer can load really fast instead of taking 15 minutes (it speeds everything up). Data/memory can only be stored when the computer is on.

Here’s your picture of the RAM:
ram single

Somethimes RAM will have plastic looking thing on top of it. Like this:
ram plastic
These RAM sticks are generally more expensive because you can pick them up without breaking anything, but all in all, they are still RAM sticks.

Now here’s the “detailed” explanation:

Ram, CPU, and Hard Drive work together like co-workers in a department at work. Ram have sets of numbers that consists of 0-1 (so only one’s and zero’s). The Ram got these set of numbers from the Hard Drive because you decided to turn on your computer, which made the CPU ask for a certain process to start or do something. When the CPU asks for a certain piece of data (which is the numbers) and the ram will send it to the CPU on a specific root (we’ll go into that later when we talk about CPU’s). When you turn off the computer, all the one’s and zero’s go back to the Hard Drive (where it was originally retrieved from by the RAM).

For my visual peeps:
Ram explanation 1 revised

Okay, so we know how it gets data. Here’s the visual as to how it takes back data.

Ram Return revised

So like the visual explains, if the CPU wants to save something new, it sends it on a specific root to the RAM, which then sends it to the Hard Drive. If the data that the CPU has is already saved then it just sends it back to the RAM, and the RAM then either decides if it wants to keep the data (because it takes a long time for the RAM to retrieve data from the Hard Drive) or send it back to the Hard Drive. If it sends it back to the Hard Drive, it just sends it back to the Hard Drive.

Okay so why RAM? Why don’t we just use the Hard Drive, I mean they kinda pretty much do the same thing?
Well yes they do, do roughly the same thing. Except RAM does it a LOT LOT LOT faster. If you just had a Hard Drive your load time and everything would take FOREVER, and it’d just be way too slow. The RAM pretty much spits the data out super fast so that you can have it instantly. The ram is built to save some of the data that your computer knows it’ll need later on while it’s on. So when you do need that data, it has it quickly right there.

Here’s a video to help explain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye6W6mMSPl0

Here’s another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pp_krChw_A

Okay so that’s how RAM works, my next post will be about where the RAM is and how to install it. That being said, thank you so much for reading this, I truly, truly appreciate it! Anywayssssss, have a GREAT day and go check out some of my other posts! Thanks, nerds!

-Monica A.

This post was made on 5/31/17

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