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Inactive Memory

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Jun 12, 2013 4:47 AM

I have found that in 10.8.4 the inactive memory continues to grow when you close applications and consumes the majority of the space with no buffer.  The inactive memory is used to speed up the pre-loading of content, primarily.  The question I ask Apple is it better to have memory fully allocated to something that I might use in the future and not have any memory available for something I iwant to use now, or to prioritize active memory and minimize inactive memory - or at least be smart about it and see if its truly being heavily used. 


BTW, can you expand the membory in a mac mini 2012 I7 processer to 16GB?


Apple, please send out a fix for this, its stopped all me work.





mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.6), none of your business
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jun 12, 2013 4:53 AM (in response to macminiman88)

    First, you are not addressing Apple on these Communities, we are fellow users with the space provided by Apple.


    Second, the Mini will take 16 GB memory, but be sure to buy quality, Mac-cerified ram from Mac specialists like OWC, or Crucial, they have kits that will max out the memory.


    Third, failure to release memory after closure is in almost all cases a problem with the way the software is written and not the hardware.  This has been a long-standing issue with software developers, writing code that does not release the memory used when the software closes.  Often it is necessarey to restart a computer when this occurs so the memory is released.  Do you see this happening with all software you use or only certain programs?

  • markwmsn Level 4 Level 4 (3,945 points)
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    Jun 12, 2013 9:30 PM (in response to macminiman88)

    My undeerstanding is that inactive memory is available to be freed and reallocated when there is insufficient free memory available to meet an allocation request.


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