Upgrading RAM

Dell / DIMENSION 3000
June 9, 2009 at 08:40:38
Specs: Windows XP, 512 mb
I am looking to upgrade my RAM but am unsure if I will lose my files.

Right now my main use of the computer is for picture uploading and lately it has been running very slow. I figured out that I need more memory. My computer holds up to 2G of RAM and currently has 2-256 cards. The computer only has 2 card slots. I would like to put in 2-1G cards but how do I do that without losing my info. Is it as simple as moving everything to my hard drive?

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June 9, 2009 at 09:11:54
Why do you think you'd lose data? You wouldn't move anything to your HDD.

First you'd need to confirm that your system will support more RAM.



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June 9, 2009 at 09:16:52
Just go ahead & change the RAM...you won't lose any files.


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June 9, 2009 at 09:17:26
I know my system will support 2 GB of RAM and right now I have 512. I am worried about losing files because I only have 2 card slots and both are currently filled. If I want to upgrade I need to replace both cards.

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June 9, 2009 at 09:22:44
Like Jennifer said, you don't need to do anything with your hard drive. Nothing will be changed or altered with a ram upgrade. Your machine is capable of 2 gigs of ram and can run in dual channel mode. Look on this page for dual channel kits. The slowness may be due to other factors though, but upgrading the ram can't hurt.


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June 9, 2009 at 15:43:23
Memory is not used for data storage...at least not the way YOU think it is. Your files are on the hard drive, not the RAM. You will NOT lose any data if you remove/replace the memory.

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June 10, 2009 at 06:26:42
Thank you all for your help. I upgraded last night and all is working perfectly.

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