Technology in terms you understand. Sign up for the Confident Computing newsletter for weekly solutions to make your life easier. Click here and get The Ask Leo! Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet — FREE Edition as my thank you for subscribing!

Is it safe to donate or give away RAM?

I have two 512 MB RAM memory sticks from an old computer running Windows XP.
Is it safe to give those cards to a charitable organization who could use them
to upgrade a computer? Is there anything from my computer that can be retrieved
from those? Are they even useful to anyone? I’d appreciate your opinion.

In this excerpt from
Answercast #72
, I look at how safe it is to donate or give away RAM and if
it can be useful for charitable organizations.

Become a Patron of Ask Leo! and go ad-free!

Donate or give away RAM?

Absolutely, they can be useful. Feel completely safe giving them to an
organization that can use them.

RAM, by definition is what’s called “volatile,” which means that as soon as
you remove the power, everything that was in it is gone.

So what that means is… not only is the power to the computer turned off
before you remove it… but you’ve removed it. There is no power attached to
that RAM stick and therefore, there’s nothing stored in it.

So you can feel completely safe donating those RAM sticks to any
organization that might find them useful.

Can RAM sticks be reused?

Now, the use utility of those things of course depends on the computers
they have and the kinds of RAM that they need, and that’s fine. It will end up
kind-of being on their side to see if they can actually use it.

But in general, it’s a fine thing to do if you want to make use of those RAM
memory modules in some way other than just throwing them out.

End of Answercast 72 Back to – Audio
Segment

Subscribe to Confident Computing! Tech problem solving & safety tips & a weekly confidence boost in your inbox every week.

I'll see you there!

10 Reasons Your Computer is Slow

Slow Computer?

Speed up with my special report: 10 Reasons Your Computer is Slow, now updated for Windows 10.

NOW: name your own price! You decide how much to pay -- and yes, that means you can get this report completely free if you so choose. Get your copy now!

Leave a reply:

Before commenting please:

  • Read the article.
  • Comment on the article.
  • No personal information.
  • No spam.

Comments violating those rules will be removed. Comments that don't add value will be removed, including off-topic or content-free comments, or comments that look even a little bit like spam. All comments containing links and certain keywords will be moderated before publication.

I want comments to be valuable for everyone, including those who come later and take the time to read.