If you're running out of space, you need flash memory, not RAM.
RAM is temporary memory that makes you computer run faster.
It isn't true that you can't install it yourself, but if you're uncomfortable with opening your computer case, a tech shop will do it for you for ~$40 plus the cost of the RAM upgrade. What you need is an additional hard drive.
My advice is to research external hard drives. I just bought a 500GB external for a little more than $100 from buy.com. It's an Iomega, and it's been working very well for me. External hard drives usually plug into a USB connection. You can purchase them everywhere, buy.com is just an example.
You could upgrade the internal memory, but that will cost more. It also is harder to take that memory with you when you upgrade to a new computer. With an external drive, you can unplug it from your computer and move it to the new one. External drives have a couple of negatives. For one, they take up additional space. The Iomega I previously mentioned sits next to my computer... it's a small box (like the size of a modem). It doesn't inconvenience me at all, but it might if you're short on space. External drives are also more likely to surge and wipe out data because they aren't protected by the hard casing of your computer. If you knock it off the table and it comes unplugged, there's a chance that all of your data will be gone. Don't put anything essential on the drive without backing it up to a CD or DVD first.
An additional option, if you want to continue using just the internal memory you have, is to figure out what is occupying so much of your memory. You can archive a lot of pictures and music files to CDs (more to a DVD, if you have a burner available). You run the risk of losing or damaging the disk, but it's an inexpensive alternative to adding additional memory if you're in a pinch.
Edit: OK, if you want to keep music files, then the best bet is to go with the external hard drive. I'm assuming you probably have an mp3 player (ipod, zune, etc.) which will be a good solution if your hard drive loses the music files. If you don't, you should still back up the music files to a CD/DVD, just in case.
I'm a computer science teacher, so I research and make these purchases all the time. If you need any other input, please do not hesitate to contact me.
· 1 decade ago