We're often asked: What's the difference between computer hard drive storage and memory (RAM)?
Being that these are the two most commonly upgraded components in any Mac, it's important to understand.
To put it as simply as we can, here's an analogy:
Cash in Purse vs. Account in Bank
Small amount of storage instantly available vs. a large amount of storage available after a delay.
RAM is used because accessing data on the hard drive is slow. Compared to accessing RAM, hard drive data access takes an *eternity*.
That's why RAM exists.
The more memory (RAM) you have, the more data you can access more quickly at once. The more hard drive space you have, the more data you can store on your computer. Memory is temporary storage, hard drive storage is permanent (until you delete it).
Please let us know if you have any questions, and if you haven't already, ask us about upgrading your Mac desktop or laptop to have more storage and/or more memory!