So you just saw that your computer is showing levels of lethargy that is beating your levels of laziness what do you do ?. Upgrade RAM isn’t it ?. In truth that isn’t the most wise way of going about doing things in present day technology. But let me just keep that topic for another day. In today’s topic lets discuss uses of old ram that will leave you marinating in awe, joy, shock and you speaking really ?, I couldn’t have thought that.
RAM Stick Pairing – Still Better Love Story Then Twilight
So the problem with RAMs are specially if you wish to upgrade your RAM modules is, they perform best in pairs. It is also called dual channel memory usage, wherein the matched RAMs are from the same manufacturer with same part numbers running at the same speeds. And if the matching doesn’t happen.
It’s not that your system won’t work. It’s just that you system will only be as faster as your slowest RAM that means you will invariably may need to invest in new matching RAMs.
So what can you do with your old RAM modules? Reuse?, Recycle? ,Let them hit the bin? Or can you find a new purpose for old PC memory?
1. Upgrade Old Machines – One Of The Perfect Uses Of Old RAM
But what sort of RAM are you using? And how can you find out if the target machine will accept the modules?
There are several tools online that you can use. The Crucial Advisor Tool selects the target computer’s motherboard and CPU combination. The tool will then advise on the correct RAM modules to install.
Then there is also Crucial System Scanner, an automated version of the above. It’s best to run this on both computers, and look for an overlap in RAM module compatibility.
2. Connect RAM to an Arduino – Perfect Use For Old RAM Sticks
Oh who doesn’t love a DIY project. The brain power used and the rewards received after endless head scratching diagnosis, I mean who doesn’t want that.
So why not investigate how to connect RAM modules to an Arduino for extra storage?.
The video below shows older versions of RAM modules successfully deployed to provide some storage for Aurduino.
3. Build a RAM Disk
Now out of the variety of uses of old RAM that you are seeing here.
This should steal your interest.
An awesome way to repurpose older RAMs is to build a RAM disk.
This in its entirety is a device that you can plug old RAM modules into. Quite a few of these have been produced over the course of years with varied levels of success.
Such an example is the i-RAM, a solid state storage device from Gigabyte.
All you need after you get this bad boy is just install compatible RAMs in it.
Lo and behold you have a RAM disk for yourselves.
If you are into computer stuff you obviously know RAMs don’t work that way. A Ram is basically dead if you take out power from the system.
Well, well. Look at Mr. Smarty Pants over here. With all that knowledge teaching me computers. Good for ya, sister.
As RAM modules are volatile, the i-RAM — and similar devices — feature a battery, to keep data safely stored while the PC is switched off.
If you see it carefully they resemble a PCI-E card.
If you can get hold of one these bad boys, blazing fast storage is yours but beware these things are expensive.
The tech got severe challenge from SSDs that is precisely why these are not produced at large scale.
So physical RAM disks remain something of a curio, but a great destination for old RAM modules!
4. Use Your Old RAM to Create Keychains
This is one of my favorite uses of old RAM.
And it is a lot simpler than it might sound.
Plus they form great gifts for computer geeks.
All you need are some keyrings (I am sure you have them in your house), a protective dust mask, safety goggles, and a handheld rotary tool.
You will find desktop RAM modules to be too long to be used as keychains.
So that’s where the cutting and handheld rotary tools come in.
Laptop RAM should be fine as is.
Watch this video that I found really interesting.
Almost without fail, RAM modules ship with tiny holes in them, perfectly sized for slipping keyrings through.
This means you don’t have to worry about any drilling — just cutting, smoothing the edges, and attaching to your keys.
But my dear human, if you decide to go on and do this DIY please make sure you are wearing protective goggles and hand gloves. Shards from these electrical components is hazardous to say the least.
5. Freecycle Old RAM Modules
You can also drop off the old RAMs to a local thrift store.
What this is good for is in case you don’t wanna make use of the older computer parts. Dropping them off to thrift stores will ensure they will reach hands that are willing to use them at small prices.
6. Don’t Recycle Without Paying
This is without any doubt the most important point of this post.
If you have decided to dispose off your old RAM or any electronic component for that matter, you do so via a reputable organization. A quick online search will reveal who these are, the companies that you need to pay a small fee to for safe disposal.
You don’t want hardware to end up in a landfill, where chemicals can leak over time and cause environmental issues.
With all these methods at your disposal, I think its time for you get creative and find good use for your old RAM modules.
Let me know what route did you finally decide to go with.