Difference between physical memory and available memory?

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What is the difference between physical memory and available memory?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #126792

Difference between physical memory and available memory?

When you talk about physical memory, you are talking about the amount of RAM that is physically installed on your computer. So lets say you have 1GB of RAM installed on your computer, that 1GB of RAM is what you call your physical memory.

Now when you say available memory, you are referring to the amount of memory that is not being used by programs. For example from your 1GB of physical memory you run a program that uses 200mb of RAM. So if you would subtract that 200mb from your 1GB of physical memory you would get 800mb of available memory which is not being used.

Here is the math solution to your dilemma.

1,000,000 = Mega(bytes)
1,000,000,000 = Giga(bytes)

So from our example above we had 1GB of physical memory and we used 200MB of RAM to run that program. So we are will subtract 200mb from 1GB

(1,000,000,000 – 2,000,000) = 800,000,000 or 800mb

This 800mb while running the program is what you call your available memory.

Hope this helps.

Answered By 574195 points N/A #126793

Difference between physical memory and available memory?

In a personal computer, the Physical Memory is mainly consists of the hard drive and the Random Access Memory [RAM]. RAM is the amount of real storage, and is the total amount of memory installed on a computer. But some users might think how come the computer’s hard drive is included in the physical memory of the computer. It is because the computer’s operating system, like Microsoft Windows, uses a swap file [for earlier versions like Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium, and others] or pagefile [in Windows XP and others].

The pagefile or swap file acts like a virtual memory to help in balancing the amount of available memory on a computer. The computer transfers the data to the virtual memory if there is too little space available in the installed RAM cards.

The Available Memory, on the other hand, is the total amount of unused RAM that your computer can use.

Answered By 40 points N/A #126795

Difference between physical memory and available memory?

Dear Tomcreedone,

Dear the physical things are those who have a body, weight, we can touch them. In other words, hardware components have physical body.

Here physical memory means RAM (Random Access Memory) because it has a physical existence.

The available memory means the unused memory.

Available Memory can be found in Task Manager.