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Kindle Fire HD: is there an app that shows memory used/unused?

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Initial post: Oct 28, 2013 6:22:03 PM PDT
roofrabbit says:
Is there an app that shows the amount of unused memory out of total internal memory installed on a Kindle Fire HD tablet?

I recognize that items such as books that may be stored in cloud memory do not count towards lowering the total internal memory. Also, that the OS takes up some of the internal memory.

I only want to know how much free memory is available.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 6:28:35 PM PDT
Robert - I think you are referring to the storage, not memory. Your Kindle itself can tell you. Which HD model do you have? The new 2013 model, or the HD model from last year with a camera?

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 7:23:24 PM PDT
Retired EE says:
Robert - There is a group on this forum who do not know the difference between memory and storage. Amazon uses the term storage so they believe that is the only word you can use and be understood if you are talking about the the internal EE Flash memory. I don't know if they would call the RAM memory storage or not.
The KF's provide good information about the Flash memory under Settings, Device, Storage. It includes total available, the amount not yet used and a breakdown of the memory used. No information is provided about the RAM memory. There is an app called Clean Manager which also provides overall information and options for removing unneeded files. There also file managers like Astro File Manager and ES File manager which functions like File Explorer in a PC. You can do damage to the tablet with them so use with caution. There is also Android System Info which provides information on the RAM memory. Note: Internal memory and SDCard is the same memory space on the KF since there is no ext. SD Card.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 11:23:23 PM PDT
Robert - If you need to know about the internal storage on your device, swipe from the top > More (or Settings) > Device > Storage.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 11:45:12 PM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
Clean Master

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 12:36:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 12:37:01 AM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
Good recommendation, if the OP is talking about storage (in the olden days we called it drive space) rather than memory, which I call RAM. Does a good job, and hasn't caused any issues here.

That said, as @Pineapple points out, it is easy enough to use Settings/Device/Storage, (I think on last year's devices there is a More before Device, that I just realized doesn't exist on the HDX) to see available storage. No app required.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2013 5:06:07 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
"There is a group on this forum who do not know the difference between memory and storage."

Care to enlighten us?

The area where Fire holds its filesystem is called "memory" by the technology it uses (BTW, "EE" (electrically erasable) has long ago been dropped from names of flash devices), but "storage" by its function. The use of those two terms fluctuated historically - disk (and previously drum) drives were (and sometimes still are) referred to as "external memory", and first *central* memory was implemented as magnetic drum (e.g. on IBM 704).

The point is, there is no clear difference, and it makes sense to use the same term Amazon uses, to avoid confusing non-technical users.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2013 5:30:50 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
I disagree!!! While it is true that Flash memory is called "memory" it's a completely different technology than is RAM. It's also used in entirely different ways.

In a computer, such as a laptop or desktop, RAM is the memory that is addressed directly by the CPU. Computing is the interaction of the CPU with RAM. And that's not just sort of true. It's a precise explanation of how computing happens. All the rest of the computer is used to show us the results of that computing or to determine our response. The computing itself is done by the interaction of the CPU and the RAM.

When you turn the computer off, RAM is erased. Nothing is retained between sessions in RAM. In order to save results between sessions we have storage. Storage can be in the form of a hard drive, Flash memory, removable media such as CD's or DVD's, etc. We store programs in storage so they can be loaded into RAM to be run. Until they're in RAM they're just a bunch of ones and zeros.

In a tablet these distinctions seem a bit less clear at first glance but they're every bit as important. A tablet is a computer, plain and simple. It has RAM and it has storage and these are used in the same way as in any other computer.

If you want to confuse the non-techie users start using the wrong terminology. You can quickly have them going out of their minds trying to understand this stuff and eventually frustrate them and discourage them. Amazon are marketing people. They're job is to sell stuff. It's not important to marketers if they confuse people a little. They might even find that desirable.

If you us the correct terminology users pick it up and use it too and before you know it they're even a little bit nerdy. :)

I'm a retired programmer. I programmed computers for government and large corporations and small companies from the mid-1960s into the late 1990s. I worked with computers for years before they had screens.

I've taught countless people to use computers and I do know what helps people learn and what confuses them and the thing that confuses people most is wrong terminology.

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