How to Check What Hard Drive & Memory is on a PC

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All PCs store data to the hard drive and the random access memory (RAM). The computer loads active data into the RAM for faster data processing, and saves long-term data, like user files, to the hard drive. The more RAM a computer has, the faster it can perform. The more storage space a hard drive has, the more data it can store. To determine the hard drive's specifications, use Windows 7's built-in informational tools. To determine your memory's specifications, you can go to the Crucial website (www.crucial.com) and use its no-cost system analyzer.

Check the Hard Drive

  • Click "Start." Click "Computer" to open Windows Explorer. Right-click "C:" from the left pane.

  • Select "Properties" from the menu. Click "General" to view the hard drive's full capacity, used space and free space.

  • Click the "Hardware" tab to view the drives installed to the PC. Click the drive labeled "Disk drives."

  • Click the "Properties" button to view the name of the hard drive and device driver details. Click "OK" to close the window.

Check the Memory

  • Click "Start." Right-click "Computer." Select "Properties" from the contextual menu to open System Properties.

  • Check the information next to "Installed memory (RAM)" to see how much memory is installed on your PC.

  • Open a browser and go to the Crucial website (www.crucial.com). Click "Scan My System." Read the license agreement. Check the box next to "I agree to the Terms and Conditions."

  • Click "Download The Scanner." Click "Open" or "Run" to launch the scanner after it downloads to the computer.

  • Scroll to the "Specifications" table and view the information under "Currently installed memory" to see what kind of memory your PC uses.

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