To Have and to Hold

The amount of computer memory and storage you have is crucial to the tasks you perform and items you save. Computer memory holds data your computer uses, including documents, programs, photos, music, movies, game, etc. The more you have, the more efficient your computer will run and the more you can do. There are a few types of computer memory.

Desktops come with an internal main memory center called a hard drive. Typical sizes might be 128 GB, 300 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, as high as 2TB – which is 2000 GB and is so large that it could hold entire film, audio and document libraries!

With Random Access Memory (RAM), consumers can upgrade memory as they wish. Typical memory size upgrades could be 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB – varying in price with size, as hard drives do. Notebook RAM is smaller and usually slightly more costly.

There are also flash drives – portable memory devices, about the size of a stick of gum, that could hold anywhere from 2 GB to 16 GB. CDs can hold up to 900 MB, DVDs up to 17 GB and Blue Ray memory can hold up to 50 GB!

There are basically three types of storage. Internal storage offers spinning disk hard drives and solid state hard drives – which are much faster and more expensive. External storage includes removable devices, such as SD cards, flash drives, and you can even purchase an external hard drive. Then there is network storage – storage that is accessed via the Internet. Network storage includes shared file servers, network accessible storage (NAS) devices and cloud services.

As time progresses, prices continue to drop on all memory and storage options, and if you work with a reputable computer service center, such as Computer ‘A’ Services in New Smyrna Beach, you will be able to very cost-effectively upgrade memory and employ the best storage options for you. Give Computer ‘A’ Services 386-409-0320 for more information. Our knowledgeable, friendly computer technicians can give you all the details.