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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How do I find where my memory gone?

Here's my Activity monitor. I don't have any apps launched, except Finder and Safari with a single tab. Yet I have 5.72GB used memory and 9.51GB used swap which is insane. I want to investigate what's ...
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Why does Apple recommend a 2TB FD over a 1TB Fusion Drive for iMacs with 32GB of memory?

Under the 'Choose Storage' section on Apple's iMac configuration page there is a blue link titled 'How much storage is right for you? (Choose Storage) '. In that dialog it says: For the best ...
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Kill Apps Using Too Much RAM

I have unfortunately been saddled with a developer laptop that isn't fast enough. Is there any app which can flag apps which use up too much RAM and prompt me so I can kill them ? For eg: Xcode , iOS ...
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Black screen (no boot up) after upgrading RAM to 16GB on mid 2010 macbook pro

I have a mid-2010 (core2duo) macbook pro with 4GB (2x2) RAM. I bought 2x8GB RAM Crucial 8GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM to upgrade RAM to 16GB. Now after replacing these RAMs my ...
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Does OS X 10.11 reserve space on the Fusion drive for RAM swapping?

I know the Fusion drive holds the OS and commonly used programs, but I haven't been able to confirm it reserves space for any "swap files" needed when RAM is fully utilized?
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Is there any more way to squeeze out some performance out of my mid 2009 Macbook Pro 13"?

I still like my mid 2009 13" Macbook Pro. It's solid and running quite well. However, since Yosemite things are getting really laggy and slow, so I guess that my hardware is getting a bit old. ...
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Would “non supported” memory modules cause the Mac to restart frequently?

I've got a Mac Mini mid mid 2011 upgraded with 8GB memory using Kingston sticks, but after the upgrade the Mac now frequently blinks the screen black and then restarts itself. This is not a restart ...
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How do I manually throttle the CPU usage of an app?

When I export a file from iMovie, it usually takes a long time but uses a lot of CPU, and my computer gets very hot(around 180-190ºF), even with my fan controller maxing it out. Would I be able to ...
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Having trouble installing Dropbox on iPad

I personally have never used an iPad. I invited a friend to a shared folder on Dropbox, and tried to help her install Dropbox on her iPad. It said there was not enough memory. But it only listed ...
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Will there be issues if I install RAM modules with different sizes in a Mac mini?

I have a Mac mini late 2012 with 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) RAM. I bought another 8 GB RAM module and installed it in the Mac. Should I leave the 8 GB module alone or should I install one of the two 2 GB modules ...
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Why does leaked memory appear malloced to kernel_task, and why can't OS X therefore garbage collect it

I have previously been told that a sign that some application has a memory leak is that kernel_task has a large memory footprint, commonly on the order of gigabytes. If an awry kext was causing this ...
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What is this usernoted process in my Macintosh?

I've got a warning saying that I'm running out of my memory and had to "kill some process" today. I've been using this Mac for over 3 years and this is the first time I was warned this way. I've ...
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Less RAM and an SSD vs. more RAM and an HDD?

This isn't a question about which part of my computer to upgrade. It's a question about what I should buy in my eventual new computer. I have an early 2011 13" MBP with a 500GB hard drive and an ...
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Possible to upgrade RAM to 16 GB for mac mini mid 2011?

Does anyone has experience with upgrading a mac mini mid 2011 to 16 GB RAM? I know the official doc says the max is 8 GB RAM, but there are articles on the internet which claim it is possible. The ...
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Performance of Virtual Machines on MacBook Pro with and without discrete graphics

I am trying to decide between MacBook Pro 15" with and without Discrete Graphics Card. My work involves running 2-3 Virtual Machines using Virtualbox at a given time with Chrome, Microsoft Outlook &...
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What is memory pressure, and how do I relieve it?

I have had my machine for more than a year now, and I'm looking at Memory Pressure in the Activity Monitor. What is this memory pressure and How do I "relieve" this memory pressure from my system? ...
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Can a dedicated GPU use/share system RAM in addition to the VRAM included with it?

The Macbook Pro laptop, running OS X, has a AMD GPU which includes graphics memory of 256 MB. Is it possible for the machine to run an application that requires 512 MB video memory by sharing some of ...
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What are some good ways to free up disk space on OS X >= Yosemite?

I am fed up with all these useless "Delete old pictures" "Delete your trash" BuzzFeed-tier articles so I am hoping for some qualified ideas here. What I've done so far (and how much it deleted) is: ...
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Is it possible to use more than the allocated base amount of video memory?

On a MacBook Pro with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, the amount of allocated video memory is 384 MB, as can be seen on this Apple support page (scroll down to HD Graphics 3000) This GPU, however, ...
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kernel_task and softwareupdate constantly hogging .5 GB of RAM each [duplicate]

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro. It had 4 GB of RAM and I upgraded it to 6 GB last year as it was getting a bit sluggish with the newer versions of OS X and running Vagrant VMs on it. Lately, I’ve noticed ...
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Possible memory corruption error

I have a Mac Yosemite version 10.10.4. Recently I've been experiencing problems with Firefox and Chrome, which both crash often. The real problem is that in the past few weeks I experienced some ...
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RAM Usage on Macbook

My Macbook has 4GB RAM. Lately it often starts swapping, which is obviously not so great. Firefox usually takes a huge amount (~ 1GB) which is kind of to be expected. Nevertheless, after booting it ...
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Mavericks 10.9.5 RAM problem and performance problems

Macbook Pro Late 2011, Mavericks 10.9.5 had my RAM consumed up to 2.75 GB (out of 4.00 GB) with no apps running except Finder. Hard Disk Storage: ~300 GB free out of 500 GB Creating new, renaming, ...
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Is it possible RAM not compatible with Macbook Pro?

As this is my first time dealing with HW of my Macbook Pro Early 2011 and need lot of money for service, I am quite nervous with this. I want to upgrade my Macbook Pro RAM to 8GB. What I can find ...
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Upgrading MacBook with Crucial RAM sticks

I have a MacBook Pro mc700 (early 2011), and I've bought a pair of 4Gb Crucial RAM sticks. The problem is that I'm not sure whether these RAM sticks are original or not, and I'm really worried about ...
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memtest86(+) not working on MacBook Pro 8,3 17" 2011?

When i run memtest86 or memtest86+ on my MacBook Pro 8,3 2011 17" 2,5GHz the machine reboots after a few seconds. I tried 3 different pairs of ram modules. problem persists. I never had any issues ...
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Mac RAM Upgrade beeps

The Mac I am using is an old , white plastic, Core 2 Duo version. The 'about this mac' section in OS/X says it's an 'Macbook 7,1' whatever that means and the Firmware (Namely EFI) is up to date. I ...
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Apple Macbook Mid 2010 Ram Upgrade & Equipment & Windows Compatibility

Now I have 2 gb (1gb x2) as standard I want to upgrade it. "Hi-Level 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 Notebook Ram (HLV-SOPC8500D3/4G)" is it okay to be upgraded? and after I replaced that one with one of my standard ...
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Apple MacBook 13-inch mid-2010, 4gb RAM, 250 Gb HDD: Can I dual Boot to Windows 10?

I'd like to put a larger hdd into this macbook, and then install Windows 10 onto it. Has Anybody successfully updated their Mac-based Wintel install with Windows 10, and what is involved? I realize ...
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Disk space not freed after deleting files, unable to save things, unable to delete things, unable to update things

Recently my Macbook Air has been saying "The disk you are attempting to use is full. Removing files and emptying the Trash will free up additional space." I have deleted everything in the trash, ...
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Macbook Pro (mid 2010) shutting down upon boot up

Here is my question. My macbook pro has been acting crazy for a while, shutting down unexpectedly daily. Every once in a while it will work for a day or two but eventually will start shutting down ...
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Mac OS X Yosemite using too much RAM… Why? [duplicate]

I think its a problem probably because of this CleanMyMac 3 app that says i have got only 100mb from my 8gb and when I click on "Free Up" I get more than 3gb free RAM only to fill it again after a ...
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How much RAM does the 6th generation iPod touch have? [closed]

I would expect to have the same as the iPhone 6 - 1GB since it also has an A8. How much does it have?
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Mac OS X 10.10.3 running out of disk space after sleep / Potential memory leak?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13" (Late 2013) with 16 GB RAM/512 GB SSD running Mac OS X 10.10.3. There are 20 GB free space on the SSD according to the Finder. Despite the relatively huge amount of ...
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RAM upgrade MacBook pro 15 inch mid-2010 on “El capitan”

I have a MacBook pro 15 inch mid-2010 i5 2,4 Ghz, which I already have upgraded to 8GB of RAM. I recently tried to upgrade my MacBook's RAM to 16GB on Yosemite and it gets a kernel panic, I know ...
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Why am I being compelled to renew a purchased extra memory when Apple have degraded me to my initial memory size because of my failure to renew? [closed]

I purchased extra iCloud storage for my iPad. A Month later, Apple sent me an email to renew the payment for the purchased memory else the extra storage would be degraded to the initial memory size. ...
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AppStore Checking for updates.. consuming massive amounts of memory

Is this normal? (softwareupdated is an apple helper checking for updates) I restarted my mac and it started again slowly climbing the numbers The AppStore is spinning trying to check for updates, ...
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What's a normal value for kernel_task RAM usage?

Just bought a new MacBook Pro 12.1, early 2015 (Yosemite 10.10.4). I'm observing memory usage from kernel_task varying between 0.8-2.0 GB. Is it normal? Couldn't find a question referring to normal ...
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Mac Mini (Late 2009) - Recommended OSX Version for it?

I have a Mac mini (Late 2009) (hw.model: Macmini3,1, 2 GB RAM) that I've got hooked on my TV primary as a "media consumption" device... but a while ago I updated it to: Mac-mini:~ javier$ sw_vers ...
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Chrome kills my 16gb ram new iMac but runs fine on 2gb 5yr old Air?

I like using Chrome as it has a lot of the plugins I need for Web Dev. However, it kills my new iMac - having more than 6 tabs open affects the performance dramatically. Oddly enough this does not ...
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Not getting to boot!

Last week I upgraded my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 RAM to 8 GB and I had random restarts. So I did a safe boot and everything was fine, two days later the same thing happened again and the again it was ...
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kernel_task filling up disk

Something weird just happened. I got a warning that my disk was running out of space. I knew that it had like 15GB free before and wondered where all the free space went. I checked Activity Monitor ...
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Xcode uses 600 MB–800 MB memory when idle

Xcode 5 is the only IDE I use for everything. It's best for debugging C++ programs. The only problem is that I have a MacBook Pro (Late 2012) and only 4 GB RAM. Xcode hogs all the memory all the time. ...
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Macbook pro late 2011 can support 16GB 1600Mhz RAM [closed]

I want to upgrade my MacBook Pro to 16GB 1600Mhz of RAM. I want to know if it is possible before buying something incorrectly. My macbook model is MD322LL/A A1286.
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is 8GB enough for iOS dev and occasional VM?

I'm going to buy a rMBP 13'' (i5, 256gb) exclusively for iOS\OSX development. I might run a windows VM occasionally (visual studio). I plan on keeping it for ~2-3 years. Should I go for the default ...
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Where is the mount point and format of the iOS memory when it is plugged in a mac?

I would like to do manual changes to my iOS iPhone, and I would like to know if it is possible to plug the iOS into a mac, find the mount point and /dev/disk<number> and then cd to it and do ...
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Why does the iMac not allow memory parity error checking?

Based on this Apple support page, the iMacs (in particular the 2014 5K I just ordered) do not support parity checking on the memory. From other articles, it appears ECC is not supported either. I ...
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OS X 10.5.8 - can I upgrade the OS?

I have an iMac from 2007-2009 and I want to upgrade the software to improve performance. It's running Mac OS X 10.5.8 on an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (2.66 GHz). It displays 4 GB of memory and 451.6 ...
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Replaced RAM and now web browser flickers

I have a Macbook Pro 13-in. mid-2012, OS X Yosemite 1010.3. I recently upgraded the RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB using Apple's guidelines: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT1270 After replacing the ...
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Normal websites use large amounts of RAM

Lately, on my MacBook Pro, visiting webpages has started to consume large amounts of RAM. Visiting websites like Stack Overflow, golang.org, golang playground, or gnu website causes my computer to ...