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Ram Scrubber

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by warangelkj, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. warangelkj

    warangelkj Thread Starter

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    I find a ram scrubber to be helpful. I am currently using WinCleaner with good results on XP but it won't hold up on Vista on my laptop. Can anyone recommend a good free one that will work on Vista?
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    I would love to hear why you believe a scrubber actually does anything.

    It's whole purpose is to create free memory. That is, memory that isn't being used. And, in the process it arbitrarily moves in use ram out to the pagefile (which, if it was just in-use, will be immediately paged back in).

    As well, some even advertize that they defrag the ram. Since this is architecturally impossible (and of no use even if it were), this function again is a waste.

    At the end of the day, these apps do 2 things (both counter productively)
    1. Create free ram (other than early versions of Windows 95, Windows does not need available ram to function)
    2. Cause the pagefile to become larger
    3. Exercise the disk drive

    So, if this was the purpose of installing one of these, it has met it's objective.
     
  3. Courtneyc

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    Don't worry, WhitPhil, someday, people are going to realize it: Free RAM is wasted RAM. If Windows isn't using RAM, that RAM is being wasted.

    It's true that programs require contiguous RAM to function, but Windows solves that problem far faster that any program could. Windows can swap segments in 4K increments, and can swap from RAM to RAM without using the swap file. His "Memory defragger" can't do that.

    I say we help him with his program (then sell him ocean-front property in Arizona).

    Courtney sends....
     
  4. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Actually that's not so. That's part of the magic of the stack architecture.

    But, I do like to hear why posters believe that these programs actually do anything for their systems.
     
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