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Memory fragmentation is a thing of the past. It's best to avoid sites that want to sell you a cure!
Leo, while going through some websites, I got a new term – memory fragmentation. The author has clearly mentioned that it shouldn't be confused with "hard disk fragmentation." What is it? Is it really a concern for computer users? If so, what measures should we take?
In this excerpt from Answercast #42, I look at the old issue of memory fragmentation and caution readers about software that claims to fix it.
Memory fragmentation, today, is nothing more than... I'll call it "scary marketing speak" to sell you software that you don't really need.
The scenario that they describe is (typically) that:
Once upon a time (and I'm talking like Windows 3 time or maybe Windows 95 time), that may have been true. Even then, it was only true for a short time.
Today, with systems based on Windows NT (in other words, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8), memory fragmentation is not something that anybody, other than a computer programmer, needs to pay attention to – or needs to be aware of.
You, as a computer user, do not need to do anything – nothing! – with
respect to memory fragmentation.
Next from Answercast 42 – How much memory does this particular CPU need?
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