How to Check Free Space on RAM


We all love to download files onto our computers. Most people's laptops or desktops are filled with downloaded programs, files, pictures, videos and other content. Though computers are designed to hold mountains of data, there is a limit to the amount that can be stored. You don't want to reach full capacity unexpectedly. Checking the amount of free space available in your computer's random-access memory (RAM) is not difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

Checking Free Space on RAM for Windows

  • Turn on the computer and wait for all the desktop icons to appear.

  • Click the icon that reads "My Computer" or click the Start button and then click the tab that reads "My Computer."

  • Using your mouse, hover over the hard disk you want to check, such as Local Disk C:. A window will appear that tells you how much free space is available and how much total space the hard disk has.

  • For more detailed information about your computer's RAM, right click the Local Disk icon. Select "Properties." Look for the details area of the window that comes up. This area should have a graph and percentages that indicate how much RAM space is free and used.

Checking Free Space on RAM for Mac

  • Turn on the computer and open Applications.

  • Open utilities, then Activity Monitor.

  • Select the “System Memory” tab. You should see a pie chart as well as a color-coded key indicating, Free, Used and Active space.

Tips & Warnings

  • The location you will go to to look for free space on RAM differs depending upon your operating system (OS). However, all Windows operating systems and all Mac operating systems should work according to the directions. If you have a different OS, look for anything that reads "Computer," and chances are free space will be shown there.

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