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Question on MEMORY


pentaxpete 9 553 1 England
10 May 2011 9:31AM
I have a collection of scanned negatives all as 'TIFFS' which are large files -- now if I delete these does it also delete the MEMORY of what PhotoShop did to them ? There is a thing in PhotoShop 7 called 'PURGE' and it is supposed to purge the memory but I am not sure if I 'purge' a TIFF if it will purge the computer memory also !

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thewilliam 6 4.8k
10 May 2011 9:33AM
Sometimes, the only way to clean the RAM is to restart the machine. Mine always seem to run a bit quicker when I've restarted.
Kris_Dutson 12 8.2k 1 England
10 May 2011 9:38AM
As above Smile
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
10 May 2011 11:07AM
rebooting is king with windows...

any UNIX experts out there will be doing an evil laugh right now, and scratching their beards Wink
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
10 May 2011 11:48AM

Quote:I have a collection of scanned negatives all as 'TIFFS' which are large files -- now if I delete these does it also delete the MEMORY of what PhotoShop did to them ? There is a thing in PhotoShop 7 called 'PURGE' and it is supposed to purge the memory but I am not sure if I 'purge' a TIFF if it will purge the computer memory also !


What is it that you are actually trying to achieve Pete & why do you want to clear the memory ?
pentaxpete 9 553 1 England
10 May 2011 4:17PM
I have only 256 mb of RAM and no more space for more RAM things to be slotted in so I thought I could 'clean up ' the memory occasionally if I could -- I do a 'disc clean and defragment' regularly -- I have Windows 2000 pro. I just wondered what the 'Purge' thing was in PhotoShop 7 .
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
10 May 2011 6:58PM
for a couple of hundred quid you can get a new laptop with 3gb of ram and 350gb hard drive.... with windows 7.... worth the pennies. Smile
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 5:40PM
If your machine can take more memory this link http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner will tell you about it and how much it will cost.
I use it all the time at work.

But Pete, as B.Rick says it really sound like time to shell out for a new PC and new Software.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
12 May 2011 7:50PM
Don't confuse RAM with disk space. (apart from "virtual ram" that can temporarily use free disc space)

I would have to second (third??) the suggestion that maybe the time for a new machine is approaching but, meantime, google for a little batch file under "clear idle". It will be a free download and if you install a shortcut to it on your desktop, then by clicking on it it will close any idle processes that are using memory unnecessarily.
Cristian 10 950 1
12 May 2011 10:10PM
I think Big Rick has the best advice, but as Lobsterboy asked, why are you trying to free up more ram?

You can buy extra chips to install, but then processor speed comes into it...a new pc is the way to go and unless you need portabilty, a desktop is more value to the than a laptop.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 8:35AM
256mb is nothing, but if you have no more slots you can still increase the memory by replacing instead of adding. Find out what the maximum capacity stick is that your machine will support and stick that in.

Yes processor speed does come into it, but putting enough memory in can and does have a massive impact on performance. With only 256mb your machine will be spending 90% of its time swapping data from memory to disk and disk is considerably slower than memory.

Even if you put a much faster processor in your machine will still be constrained by the memory, so before you go out and spend hundreds on a new machine it is well worth looking into extra RAM.

On the other hand, if your machine only has 256mb of RAM the chances are that it is rather old. If that is the case you need to be sure it is worth spending any money on.

Ian
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 5:59PM
What was the question?
pentaxpete 9 553 1 England
15 May 2011 9:21PM
The question was about the 'PURGE' thing in PhotoShop 7 -- if I click on a TIFF file photo and then on the PURGE memory does it delete the memory of all the actions I did in PhotoShop on the TIFF photo or will it 'purge' all the memory from the Computer ? Also, when I delete TIFFS does it delete the memory of what was done to them ?
I just wanted to know if it is a method to free up some memory on things done to photos !
justin c 11 4.6k 36 England
15 May 2011 9:50PM
Your computer is grossly under powered for dealing with large files in Photoshop, so why not increase your memory as advised above. Purging the memory isn't the solution.

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