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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Hits ram ceiling on boot

I just restarted my Late 2011 Macbook Pro. 3.58Gb-3.71Gb / 4.00GB are being use right out the gate. It takes forever for anything to load. I'm very interested in purchasing new ram, but for the time ...
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Get RSS Memory usage from entire OS on command line

I need to get the entire count of RAM being used on a command line. I can get individual process RSS usage using ps -o rss= -p #{pid} How do I get all the memory usage for the entire system on the ...
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“disk full” error — quota disagrees with system information

When I try to download anything or create/save new files, it fails saying "Disk full". Entering quota in terminal tells me around 417600 blocks have been used out of 512000. However, going to About ...
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What causes playing a video in browser to take up all the RAM?

I've been noticing lately that when I'm playing a video on my Mac from say Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, any video site via a browser, the computer gets extremely laggy for 5 minutes and then acts normal. ...
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New DDR3 Memory for Mac Mini

I bought a Mini last year and I want to update the RAM. I was shopping around to find some compatible memory and found (this)from a Spanish retailer. They are selling what you see on the picture and ...
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Are number of desktops affecting memory?

I use 8 desktops on my MBP for my different apps. Do you know if it can affect memory use?
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Macbook Pro (5.1 Model Late 2008) 16GB RAM upgrade

Can I add 16GB of RAM in my MacBook Pro (5.1 model, late 2008) running at 1333 DIMMs?
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How to find out which Safari tab is using massive memory?

As described in my other question, Safari on OS X 10.6. is causing me massive problems (with my way of working like having many tabs in Safari open for a long time). I just realized that after ...
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Safari makes my MacBook incredibly slow - what to do?

System configuration I'm working with a MacBook 2,16 GHz (13" white with the max. 3 GB RAM from about 2007) and "Snowleopard" OS 10.6.8. The problem: performance After a while, the MacBook becomes ...
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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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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 ...