Memory normally refers to RAM. Temporary, high-speed storage used to keep frequently accessed information available for use and helps keep the computer running smoothly

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2011 27'' iMac kernel panic

My iMac has been giving Kernel Panic recently. its 2011 27in iMAC, and i added 8G RAM about one and half month ago. Around 2 weeks later, the error started and i upgraded the firmware. now im ...
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Reduce Maverick Memory Footprint

I'm using a macbook air 2014 with 8GB, also running Parallels a lot so wanted to reduce memory usage of OSX. Already disabled voice dictation that freed up around 500 mb. Any other tricks/tweaks?
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Is the CT3309352 Crucial memory the same as CT2K4G3S1067M?

I am trying to help my brother and sister in-law upgrade their 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mid 2009 MacBook Pro (MacBook Pro5,5) to Mavericks. The Mac is currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and has only ...
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Restoring iPhone as a new iPhone but backing up contacts

I have an iCloud account, but I am backing up via iTunes. I want to restore my iPhone because of the "other" files taking up a really huge portion of my phone's memory (2 GB and I have only ...
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Others in Macintosh HD

How can I reduce the size of my HD folder? I have more than 22 GB in "others". It is actually using more memory than my documents and apps and does not show contents. I have deleted the main info in ...
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How to improve old, slow iMac — new SSD? Or more RAM?

I have an old iMac for the kids: iMac 8,1 Core2 Duo with 3GB (2+1) RAM that was recently upgraded it to Mavericks 10.9 It's running quite slow; free RAM is always pretty low. Apps run "OK" once ...
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Can Apple Diagnostics be wrong about memory issue?

I am looking for a second opinion on an issue with my brand new iMac. I purchased a new iMac direct from Apple about 3-4 weeks ago, and initially everything was fine. However, in the last few weeks ...
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OSX Mavericks using up RAM

I've had Mavericks installed for over a few months now, and the computer has slowly been degrading since then. Before I installed Mavericks, my computer ran fine; now it is always using up all 4 GB of ...
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Installing two DDR3 SO-DIMMs as non-matched pairs in a MacBook

I've just upgraded my girlfriend's MacBook (I think it is a 2011 Model, one of the last white plastic ones) to Mavericks, and it has slowed down significantly. I'd like to upgrade the RAM on the ...
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Memory tester for Snow Leopard

Can somebody suggest a memory tester for Snow Leopard (10.8)? Command line or other doesn't matter, ideally something that doesn't have to be installed though (doesn't change the machine) and just ...
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Installing and Upgrading Ram on a mid 2011 iMac (different size RAM)

Apologies for my ignorance here, as the title suggests I am looking for advice on upgrading the Ram on my mid 2011 iMac. I have bought 2x4GB and the iMac already has 2x2GB. I found the question was ...
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How do I stop my external hard drive from using all my RAM?

I'm running OSX Mavericks, and have an external 500Gb HD connected via firewire. I have 24GB's of RAM, and fairly often my RAM usage will spike to 23.95 GBs in use and literally leave me with only 50 ...
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MacBookPro Ram Frequency

i have a MacBookPro 5,5 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2,26GHz) with Snow Leopard. Actualy i've 2 ram block of 2GB (total 4GB) of DDR3 at 1067MHz. Now i'm buying 2 ram bloc of 8GB of DDR3 but at 1600MHz, could ...
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Does my 21.5 inch Late 209 iMac support mixing and matching memory modules?

I have looked at this question, and apparently my iMac does support mixing memory sizes. However, when I installed 2 4GB memory modules and 2 2GB memory modules, when I clicked  → About This Mac → ...
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Memory test that fails with a different address each time

I had problems (strange patterns on the display and reboots) with my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, so I ran Apple Hardware Test on my computer, and it found memory errors. The thing is that every time I run ...
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iMac mid 2011 RAM upgrade compatability

Is this RAM going to be compatible with a mid 2011 iMac 21.5"?
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Why does speech recognition take up 1 GM or RAM suddenly? And GMail in Safari 738 MB?

I did enable speech recognition just in case, but very rarely use it, and I did not remember even accidentally activating it since bootup. Now I simply have a few apps running under Mavericks, and I ...
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Upon boot up why is there usage in Inactive and Page In for memory?

I understand the concept behind the various memory usage, but I don't understand why there are Inactive memory and Page In upon boot up. There are no applications that have started which hasn't ...
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Possible to increase the RAM on a MacBook Air?

I have a 13" MacbookAir with 4GB of RAM and I was interested in adding some more RAM. I have heard some people say that this cannot be done on the Air. Is it possible to add more RAM to a MacBook ...
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What would I see if my iMac is running in dual channel mode? [duplicate]

I only see in Hardware overview MEMORY: 8 GB How do I know its dual channel or not?
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How do I find the installed RAM layout in my MacBook without opening it up?

I have a mid-2009 MacBook with 4 GB of RAM installed in it and I'd like to upgrade it to 8 GB of RAM. In order to do that I have to figure out what the installed RAM configuration is so I can ...
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Inactive memory vs swapping

I'm trying to process a large dataset in java, and so I set my -Xmx11G. 1 thing I observed is, when I use xmx and the Jvm starts, the amount of inactive memory jumps up by about that much. Later, I ...
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Almost 450 MB consumed on empty external hard drive

I have an old Macbook Pro with 500GB hard disk. The MBP stopped working. I am now using that hard disk as external storage. After erasing the data (using Disk Utility), I see that almost 450MB is used ...
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vm_compressor_mode (vm.compressor_mode) values for enabled compressed memory in OS X

Background In Super user, with an accepted answer: Disable compressed memory in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks? Also in Super User: how to get memory compress back in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks? – and ...
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Increasing available RAM on Bootcamp under Win7

First the good news - I've successfully used WinClone/Sysprep to migrate a Windows 7 x32 bit VM from an old iMac (running 10.6.8) to a new late 2013 iMac w/ 32GB RAM / OSX 10.9.1. Now the bad news - ...
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Mavericks Using Up All Available Memory

I upgraded to Mac OS X Mavericks. I thought that Mavericks was supposed to use memory more efficiently. It appears that the OS has memory allocation problems. My computer is using up 99.99% of my ...
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Replacing my RAM / New memory sticks

I bought some new Memory Sticks and i want to know on which part they go on. I have a image too. Can someone help me out? This is my Old Mac i used to use and now i bought a Snow leopard installation ...
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How to prevent PressAndHold from loading?

I have already disabled PressAndHold through terminal, but I see that it still appears as a process on Activity Monitor. It is taking 2.9 MB for me, but I want it to stop and not to begin at all. When ...
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High memory usage, macbook pro retina feeling sluggish

My Macbook Pro Retina seems to be feeling sluggish and I don't think it should at all. I'm running: photoshop, 1080p movie on VLC plugged into a Thunderbolt Display. Looking at the activity monitor ...
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Purge command - Unable to purge disk buffers, error #-2?

When I attempt to run the purge command, I get the same error every time. [ERROR] <CPDevice.c:3816> Unable to create new counter client. [ERROR] <CPOSX.c:1172> Unable to get user ...
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16 GB Crucial RAM For MacBook Pro

I'm looking to upgrade my MacBook Pro to 16GB of RAM. I'm considering: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333MHz PC3-10600 204pin SODIMM CL9 Mac The specs match what my MacBook wants from RAM but it ...
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Can I use DDR3 1600MHz RAM in a Mac instead of 1067MHz?

I'm trying to get a 16 GB (2x of 8 GB) RAM to boost my computer, even though Apple says that it's only 8 GB on macs, but we know Apple is wrong on that. However, when I searched the online shopping ...
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Why does OSX use 6GB of RAM after restart?

Just had OS X crash on me because of swap pressure. I have 2012 rMBP running the latest version of Mavericks (10.9.1), and it only has 8GB of RAM. Since reboot, OS X now consumes 6GB, which leaves ...
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How can I check to see if my Mac is running in dual channel mode?

I've just upgraded my iMac's memory with a new 2x8GB kit: Although I know this "should" be dual channel (as both banks have the same amount of RAM), I'd like to know for sure. How can I check?
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iMac slow and unresponsive after Mavericks

There have been a few questions and answers about memory usage, whether one should pay attention to the Activity Monitor, that Memory Pressure is more indicative of a system being maxed out on RAM, ...
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iPhone 5s: benefits of 64 bit processors if no more than 4 GB of RAM?

My understanding is that the (main) reason of having a 64 bit processor, is to be able to use more than 4 GB of RAM. In PCs, it is now very common to have more than 4GB of ram, and to really be able ...
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How to test memory after memory upgrade?

I recently upgraded my macbook from 4G to 8G and wonder if there's a tool to test the quality of new memory. I found memtest 4.22 seems only test about 1G: $ memtest all 2 Memtest version 4.22 ...
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Poor battery performance on MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I have recently bought a very expensive new MacBook Pro with 8 GB memory and now I am frustrated by its very fast battery drainage. Often I see only 2 hours left on full battery charge! Right now it ...
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Impossibly low RAM

I remember the times when I got my macbook pro with 4GB of RAM: I could launch Firefox, VirtualBox and Firefox inside a VirtualBox and it worked reasonably well. Two years later, when I start the ...
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iMac 2009 works slow

iMac (model 2009, purchased in late 2012) sometimes becomes extremely slow. I've opened the "System monitor" and discovered that there is a huge lack of RAM. But as you can see there is no app ...
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Does my Macbook need “special” RAM?

I want to upgrade the RAM on my Macbook Pro 4,1 A1260 (Early 2008). Can I just use any RAM of the compatible "type", or does it need special magic RAM because it's a Macbook? Also, is there any ...
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Does use of memory with timing CL=10 instead of Apple used CL=11 slow my Mac down?

After reading Why is 8GB, Ballistix 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module showing as not compatible with Macbook Pro mid 2012? on the Crucial forum, and the response from Crucial: use our ...
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OS X using lots of memory for no apparent reason

I have about 2 GB or more memory that I don't know what its used for. When I restart my computer with no applications running, the used memory is 4 GB, and when I open browsers its over 7 GB used from ...
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On OS X Mavericks, why does it always say my memory used is like 99% of my total memory?

I keep getting these results from Activity Monitor in Mavericks, where it seems like 99% of my memory is being used (where in the screenshot I have 10MB left). Am I just reading this wrong? How am I ...
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How do I get my iPad to show up under DEVICES in iTunes 11.1.3?

I've been having problems seeing my iPad (and my iPhone, haven't tried my iPod) under the DEVICES section on the left (where the STORE, GENIUS, PLAYLISTS, LIBRARY are located) in iTunes 11.1.3. It ...
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Memory runs out issue with a Mac Air 11.6", Mac OSX 10.9

I use word 2010 a lot, with medium length documents (10-20pages) It sometimes takes 2 gigs of RAM just for word. Why is that? none of the files themselves are over 50mb. The Mac then freezes or ...
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Alternatives to purge command

I read in a different thread (How can I use automator to run "purge" command in Mavericks?) that using the purge command in Terminal to free memory is not a good idea. Does anyone know an ...
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How much RAM do you have available after you restart your Mac and do not have any running applications? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the issues of my Mac's performance. I currently have 2.75 GB / 4 GB RAM available after I restart my laptop and do not have any running apps at all. I'm currently running ...
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Huge memory leak in Mountain Lion

I recently bought a MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 with 8GB DDR3. By monitoring with htop I notice that my RAM usage sometimes goes up to 7GB, with only Google Chrome, a few iTerms a text editor and app ...
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Memory terminology in Mavericks Activity Monitory

In Mavericks, the Activity Monitor has changed its memory terminology. The columns available when viewing processes in the memory tab now include "Memory", "Real Memory", "Real Private Memory", "Real ...