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    Utility to ensure memory utilitised efficiently

    I am looking for a utility to ensure that memory is utilized efficiently i.e a memory optimiser

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    "Memory Optimizer" Confusion - By Fred Langa
    With most computer things that can be "used up" (hard drive space, bandwidth, etc.) you want as much to be *un*used as possible. But it’s just the opposite with RAM, because unused RAM is wasted RAM.

    That’s worth repeating, because it’s the central point: Unused RAM is wasted RAM.

    Thus, any tool that "frees up" RAM or "creates holes in RAM" or any similar thing is really creating a pool of unused— wasted!— RAM.

    You see, your RAM is the fastest memory your PC has. Memory operations in RAM operate at nanosecond speeds (billionths of a second), six orders of magnitude faster than the millisecond speeds (thousandths of a second) of memory operations written to a hard drive, as "virtual memory" in the PC’s swapfile.

    "Freeing RAM" means you’re taking data and code out of the fastest memory your system has and transferring it to the swapfile on disk, which is the *slowest* memory your system normally has. That doesn’t help you. In fact, it slows you down!

    Windows does a pretty good job of keeping your RAM more or less optimally full, *which is the way you want it* because you WANT as much stuff as possible kept in the fastest-available storage. When RAM gets too full, Windows correctly dribbles out the least-used and least-important code and data to the slower hard-drive storage of virtual memory; and that too is just what you want.

    "Memory optimizers" can actually reverse this process so that you end up with unused areas in your best and fastest memory; and tons of code and data shifted to your worst and slowest memory (on the hard drive). In other words, they can do the exact opposite of what they claim; slowing you down, not speeding you up!

    There’s still more to the topic, but to save space, let me point you to a fuller explanation, including the possible rare exceptions to the above: http://www.informationweek.com/story...cleID=17200583

    But for the overwhelming majority of users, for the overwhelming majority of the time, memory optimizers are junk.

    Just remember: Empty RAM is wasted RAM. Any tool that promises to keep areas of your RAM empty is working *against* you!

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    The "real" memory optimizer is more memory. RAM is relatively inexpensive; the best way to optimize your system memory is to max out your RAM.

    My Inspiron 580 has 16GB, my Latitude E5420 has 8GB, my Latitude D800 has 2GB; that's as much as each of them support in hardware. (Dell says the 580 supports only 8GB; Intel says the chipset Dell uses for the 580 motherboard supports 16GB. I went with Intel, and the 16GB is indeed fully supported)
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    RAM is relatively inexpensive
    What ?? I am getting $ticker $hock from just looking at 16 GB, I thought it was getting cheaper. Close to 2 bills!! Of course I remember paying 350 for 16 MB
    David

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    The second best memory optimizer is to start uninstalling programs on an overtaxed system.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the info- most appreciated

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