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RAM is your computer's short term memory. RAM is where the program DATA is stored while it is being used. For example, if you're typing a paper on your computer, the paper you're typing is stored in RAM until you save it. RAM becomes blank when the power is turned off which is why you must save your work before you turn off your computer. It is important to have plenty of RAM on your system because more RAM means your computer can do more work at once and do it faster. It is recommended that your computer have a bare minimum of 128 megs of RAM for optimal performance.