Answer by roguekiller23231 · Feb 20, 2013 at 08:08 AM
this is to answer the question in your video.
you were mis sold, a HDD will not work as RAM, upgrading or adding more RAM does not, and i repeat DOES NOT void your warranty (same as opening the side panel on a PC does not void your warranty).
i would take the external HDD back to where you bought it and get a refund, or use it as a backup drive.
what does the message say that is full?
2 ways to find out what is filling up, open the start menu, then open 'computer' folder, and this should show you how much space is on the HDD and how much is left.
then right click on the start bar (the bar at the bottom) and open task manager, under the 'performance' tab it should show you how much RAM you are using, how much you have and how much is free.
also the laptop model and the game you are trying to run on it would help with a solution to your problem.
Answer by Tim Fontana · Feb 20, 2013 at 08:15 AM
If the computer is saying that the memory is full, the issue I think is that the computer's storage is full. Could you provide us with the specs of the laptop so I could see more? and could you also give us a screen shot of the 'Computer' screen, should look like this or similar.
This will let me tell you if it is infact the RAM or the Hard drive that is full, and from there we can tackle the issue further.
If the issue is that the hard drive is full, then buying an external hard drive will have been the right approach to some extent, although, running games off an external drive (unless it's running over eSata or USB 3.0) might leave you with issues due to the low transfer speed.
If the issue is RAM, which I am starting to think is unlikely, having watched your video, then you will need to upgrade that which is a process that can easily be done.
Answer by davolente · Feb 21, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Are you thinking of the paging file? If so, it's probably not possible on 7 or 8 (can't confirm that), as it certainly wasn't on good old XP. If you went through the motions of trying to put the paging file on an external drive, it looked like it was done but XP never warned that it wasn't or couldn't be done! If the appropriate drive was checked, the page file wasn't on there. Regarding RAM, conventional drives run at a snail's pace in comparison.