Computer Basics Terminology: What is a Hard Drive, What Is RAM – This easy, plain English explanation of two commonly confused computer terms will make a lot of sense. More free of charge, effortless computer lessons are accessible at
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A pc memory card works by storing the information and processes that are taking place on a personal computer in present time. Uncover how memory cards on computer systems interact with the CPU making use of insight from a pc and technologies specialist in this cost-free video on computers. Expert: Glenn Pieper Get in touch with: Bio: Glenn Pieper is a senior systems engineer and on the staff of PrismNet World wide web Service Provider. Filmmaker: Glenn Pieper

51 Responses to “Computer Basics Terminology: What is a Hard Drive, What Is RAM”

  • videopublish:

    Argh. I just accidentally removed a nice comment trumbachd1 made on this video. :(
    YouTube *really* needs an undo button for the “Remove” feature. I wasn’t looking carefully and clicked remove instead of reply. My apologies.

  • videopublish:

    Many things can cause your computer to bog down like that — it could need more RAM or a bigger hard drive, or it may not have a fast enough processor, or a good enough video card, or if it’s an Internet-based game, your connection may be slow, or you could have a virus or it’s even possible the antivirus program is “confused” and trying to defend against the game. I had that very problem with GTA IV bogging down in cut scenes until I told my AV program to ignore it.
    Many possible causes.

  • videopublish:

    Blue screens can be caused by a variety of problems. It is possible (and this is an educated guess since I am not able to examine the computer myself) your PC may have bad RAM — the actual part may be bad. On the other hand, it could be a driver issue, or something else; I really can’t say without checking it out myself. Hope that makes sense.

  • videopublish:

    Again, it’s like a tabletop or work bench – a space the computer needs to do its work. Think of taking a book off a shelf and placing it on a table to read it — that is like when your computer loads a Word document off of your hard drive into memory. When it’s done it “puts the book back” so to speak.

  • videopublish:

    Downloadable files (games or otherwise) take up space on your hard drive once you have downloaded them, if that is what you are asking.

  • videopublish:

    Yes, you probably can save documents (like Word documents, pictures, music, etc.) if it has the free space. Some companies use a second “partition” (most likely, drive E: is not a second physical drive, but a section or partition of the only hard drive in the computer) for the restore information, so you want to be careful not to disturb that in case you need to restore to factory settings in the future. But otherwise, it’s probably fine.

  • videopublish:

    Thank you; it’s the result of practice and hard work. I used to be terrible, and I still think I have room for improvement.

  • JOHNEY101:

    hi i just want to ask a question i play alot of video games on my computer and my computer is slow and lagg alot so is this the solution to make my computer faster or should i just reboot my computer so its good as new?

  • jdogisdxruler12:

    I have a problem with my computer I always get a blue screen. It says that i need to do a memory diagnostic, or that i didi not install somthing right. I have 893mb ram on a 32-bit is that the problem.

  • ahmear01:

    so is ram like sort of extra space or just where certain things are stored please write back

  • evilbunny34:

    downloadable games 2?

  • 98gamer:

    I have windows vista and all my things save on vista (c:) whatever that is but that is filling up an I have seen this other thing it is called the data (e:) but it is empty and I am not sure if I can save anything on it do u know if u can?


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  • MrMegaGhost:

    Very helpful! Thank you so much!

  • pennydesouza:

    In times of confusion, look to the words of Maurice Moss: ‘Memory IS RAM! Oh-hoo dear!’

  • perfectdruginc:

    U are amazing! Great teacher!

  • pancho2055:

    hey thanks this video might be old but it still really helped me.

  • SheLooksLikeAnAngel:

    very helpful thank you :)

  • basuca336:

    hey i wount to know if one of the little gold part of a memory ram come off you think i going to work if i put that memory ram on my pc

  • DUmfk2:

    Thank you very much, A very informative video, Taught me a lifelong lesson. Thank you.

  • jayriegen:

    hi there! thanks for this video,,. it helps a lot for me because i kinda lost when it comes to PC language..
    God speed!

  • Beardy811:

    Brilliant!! best at explaining you are

  • LittlePigglette:

    Duuuude. ALL of your videos have helped me soooo muuuuuch. God knows how much I remember, though. xD

    But, still, thanks. :)

  • videopublish:

    Hi, thanks for the feedback. YouTube limits people to 10 minutes per video, so I wouldn’t be able to put them all in one. Aside from that, people learn best in short lessons, which is an important principle I follow with my training and so I wouldn’t combine them all in one for that reason, either. All of my computer terminology lessons that are on YouTube, plus others are available on my site.
    Oh, and I don’t have any videos on technical writing, sorry. :)

  • freschaa:

    HI!Nice work.Please let me know how can i get an access to the complete computer terminologies in a single video on you tube.I also would like to know if you have any training videos on Technical writing.Thnx

  • TheWiseGoatTrainer:

    it doesn’t store memory, idiot

  • kjeezy101:

    I cannot find a video that explains “how computer memory works.” Amazing… Yet I can find countless videos of Snookie from Jersey Shore getting punched in her face… with voice overs, animal sounds, and even farts. Pitiful.

  • viethotdog:

    like his talk but dont like his explaination . lol

  • turtsquirt666:

    any body else think he was talking like we didnt even know what air was… -_-

  • VectorAcademie:

    Yeah but i need it detailed

  • cjms1997:

    The flippin’ manual didn’t tell me shit.

  • UnitedPebbles:

    He didn’t even wear gloves and discharge static electrical buildup! Brother!

    So he didn’t even explain it…idiots…aren’t that having something to do with sequence of electron spins? that symbolic a binary and that a sequence of binary represent another meaningful thing like language and mathematical symbols?
    If you plug in an electron flows and the sequence doesn’t change then it’s memory? said u.p equal human. I typed in u.p. equal…computer run up human. Isn’t that memory?

  • XenoDarkness:



    hello every one i learen this theme and this is very interesting ty .this video is very helpful me.

  • andersonb47:

    i feel so bad for this guys kids

  • odsca:

    watching this guy frustrates me. I came on to see how a memory stick works, not what it does, and then he proceeds to advise us to read the “flippin” manual. >.<

  • AFIhigh019:

    ummm, so how does it actually work?

  • omgodzilla10:

    I don’t have a flipping manual. :(
    I have a normal one though. Will that work?

  • berry120:

    “The more memory you put into your computer, the more things it can do at the same time”?!?! Oh dear oh dear. “Whatever we’re thinking about right now… that’s EXACTLY how the memory card works” (exactly was replaced with “kind of” a bit earlier on in the video though…)

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone take so long with so many cuts (they’re really quite obvious in the video) to explain the very, very basics so badly!

  • stupidYOOTUBE:

    you didnt show how it works,. you showed us what is a “memory”

  • wutefuk:

    Omg, he thinks they’ll play the video in a retard school.

  • PhenomonAwesome:

    This inst how it WORKS, this is what it DOES. I want to know HOW it works.

  • thegozer100:

    i was searching for something sirious and understandeble, not for a weird… something

  • Tahirkhalil123:


  • MrGameboy1989:

    can i eat the chips :)

  • narcis4none:

    Stop monkering arround and just tell me the info that i need!

  • mjoraid:


  • narutardedman360:

    am i supposed to laugh or feel pity?
    if your going to attempt to explain somthing why not have a detailed understanding off it first?

  • pcworld88:

    i want to ask you a question because i had a memory card issue but firstly i want to ask what will happen if i take my memory card out of its slot from the computer and turn on my computer? if anybdoy read my comment please help me

  • happygamestvfun1:

    @jesuslikesporn Who knows they might all rent an apartment togeather…

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    tnx for info!…

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