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    RAM issues

    Does is there any direct link between your RAM and defragging your HDD. and is it possible for your RAm to decrease?

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    RAM could decrease if a RAM card/unit went faulty...

    The problem normally is an ever growing demand on RAM by your applications.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    so the more programs i have the less Ram? or is it the more i use those programs the less RAM?

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    Both really - the key to speed is having spare RAM capacity available and not getting into the swap file (virtual RAM allocated and stored on your hard drive).

    I honestly don't know if defragging your hard drive helps - the drop-off in performance once you are into the swap file is so severe, another second or two doesn't count for much.
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    RAM usage depends on the amount of programs that start up with your computer eg. Antivirus, Skype etc.

    As a rule of the thumb I recommend with Windows XP 512MB RAM at least but preferably 1GB and Windows VISTA 2GB minimum.

    There is no link between RAM usage and defragging your hard drive.

    If you go into Windows taskmanager and check the performance tab it will show you the amount of RAM you are currently using and also the amount of installed RAM. When the usage is more than the installed RAM it is time for a memory upgrade. The computer will use the swapfile if not enough and because RAM is way faster than your hard drive it will slow down.

    Hope it answers the question.

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    This one I'm well familiar with. I've had to deal with sucking life out of old machines for ages. They're worth nothing second hand, so we tend to squeeze them to the day they finally break.

    I've also got staff who load all sorts of junk aps onto their machines - and then come whining to me when suddenly it's feeling a little ill. First step, uninstall all the fluff.
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    ok so i checked my RAM and ive still got more than im using, will go through and find all he fluff proggrams but hen should i use a windows defrag or another one and before or after the 'fluff' is gone? which way is better?

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    Dump the fluff then defrag. Personally I don't have an issue with the Windows XP defragger, but I can't say I've benchmarked it against anything else either other than a brush with System Mechanic. (Didn't like System Mechanic BTW).
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    dump the fluff check, windows defag, check. never heard of system mechanic, but then i dont actually know much of what is out there! what defrag programs do you knnow of that you would suggest as awsome?

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    Dave you got any suggestions for me, you seemed so super clued up on all this stuff!

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