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Memory/Disk Space

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Cinders, Apr 25, 2004.

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  1. Cinders

    Cinders Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    Windows 98SE

    I am getting a bit confused re the difference between 'memory' and 'disk space'.

    I have just had extra memory added as I kept crashing, and I have 512MB of RAM

    I have a lot of files in 'My Documents' which are backed up onto a CDR.

    If I delete these files from 'My Documents', and just insert the CDR when I need access to these files, will it free up the memory, the disk space or both?

    I want to know so that I can prevent the problems I was experiencing, prior to having extra memory installed.

    Thanks for any advice/information

    Cinders
     
  2. LONGHAIR

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    512mb of RAM will not give you any real performance difference with Win98.
    Your crashes were caused by something else.
    What is happening when the crashes happen?


    Disc space is the actual capacity of your hard drive. This is the data that your system has stored.......Windows itself, your programs, your data (user created) are saved there. Once it is written to the disc it stays there until you delete or change it in some way. Every time you start your computer it is still there.

    Memory is not long-term storage. It is only active while the machine is powered up. Windows is using some and your running programs are using some and any new documents that you create are in the memory too. This data is cleared from the memory when the power is shut off though. If you start a new document and shut the computer down, have a power outage or close the program that was making it, it is lost. You have to "save it to disc" for it to be perminent.

    The problem with saving documents to a CD rather than your hard drive is that you can't modify the data. If you just want to see what is there, it is fine, you just can't change it. If you write data to a CD and then delete it from your "My Documennts" folder.........You have saved "Disc Space" not memory.
     
  3. Cinders

    Cinders Thread Starter

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    Thank you Longhair

    My screen kept freezing, then When I re-started I had a mustard coloured screen with lots of ? full stops on it. When I re-started again, my pc started itself in 'safe mode'

    Still no joy and if I tried to get into 'safe mode' again (F8) it would not go into safe mode, instead lots of green vertical bars appeared on the screen and my pc had again frozen.
     
  4. Cinders

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    Thank you Longhair

    My screen kept freezing, then When I re-started I had a mustard coloured screen with lots of ? full stops on it. When I re-started again, my pc started itself in 'safe mode'

    Still no joy and if I tried to get into 'safe mode' again (F8) it would not go into safe mode, instead lots of green vertical bars appeared on the screen and my pc had again frozen.

    I took my pc to a professional who added the extra memory and all now appears ok.

    Cinders
     
  5. LONGHAIR

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    They must have done something else to it (either deliberately or by accident) or you had something (video card?) loose that was reconnected when the computer was moved/serviced.
    The memory up-grade had nothing to do with it, other than maybe one of the cards being reseated while the memory was installed.
     
  6. Cinders

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    Thanks for your comments LONGHAIR

    Regards

    Cinders
     
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