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What is computer memory (RAM)?

What is computer memory (RAM)?

Computer memory or random access memory (RAM) is your system’s short-term data storage; it stores the information your computer is actively using so that it can be accessed quickly. The more programs your system is running, the more memory you’ll need.

How do I determine the right kind of memory for my computer?

To determine the right kind of memory for your computer, use the Crucial® Advisor™ or System Scanner. These tools will help you determine which memory modules are compatible with your computer, along with options for your speed requirements and budget. © 2017 Micron Technology, Inc.

How do I perform a memory diagnostics tool on my computer?

Your computer will restart and the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool screen will appear. Just leave it be and let it perform the test. This may take several minutes. During this process, you’ll see a progress bar and a “Status” message will inform you if any problems have been detected during the process.

How do I run a memory test on my computer?

Once you’ve created bootable media, restart your computer and tell it to boot from the USB drive you copied the memory test tool to. The tool will boot and automatically start scanning your memory, running through test after test and informing you if it finds a problem.