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  • Hello, I own an Acer Aspire laptop. I purchased it with 6 gb of memory, but I play the PC game The Sims 3. This game quickly took up my memory, so I purchased a memory device that connects to my laptop with a USB cord with about 700 gb's of memory. The last time I tried playing the game, my laptop once again told me I did not have enough memory to support the game content. I was hoping someone could tell me how I can get the computer to use the memory device as a back up, because I thought I figured it out the first time I plugged the memory device in, my computer automatically asked me what I wanted to use the device for, and I chose the option for it to be a back up memory device so I'm not sure why it's still telling me I can't play the game.Thank you so much for you time!

    • Moved by Mike Kinsman Friday, August 15, 2014 6:11 PM off topic
    Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:43 AM

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  • MB

    Can we get you computer specs so I can move this into the correct section?

    I doubt that SIms3 is using 6 gigs please run WPR as directed below.  Run the trace while you are playing sims 3

    There is no such thing as a USB device with 700 Gb of memory.  It may have 700 Gb of HD space but it is not memory.  Can you give us more information about this "device"


    In order to diagnose your problem you will need to download and install the below

    Install the WPT (Windows Performance Toolkit) 
    Help with installation (if needed) is here

    When you have, open an elevated command prompt and type the following 
    WPRUI.exe (which is the windows performance recorder) and check off the boxes for the following:

    First level triage (if available), CPU usage, Disk IO.  

    If your problem is not CPU or HD then check off the relevant box/s as well (for example networking or registry)  Please configure yours as per the below snip

    Click Start

    Let it run for 60 secs or more and save the file (it will show you where it is being saved and what the file is called)

    Zip the file and upload to us on Onedrive (or any file sharing service) and give us a link to it in your next post.

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:50 AM
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4210U CPU @1.70 GHz 2.40 GHz

    Installed memory (RAM): 6.00 GB (5.89 GB usable)

    System type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor

    The device is an external hard drive that I purchased.

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:53 PM
  • MB

    External HD's have zero to do with memory.  Will wait for the trace from WPR..

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:59 PM
  • What is an elevated command prompt?
    Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:57 PM
  • MB

    Ugh!!  If you had told us the OS I could tell you how to open one.  A generic answer is in search type CMD>renter>right click the title bar and run as admin>  Thats an elevated command prompt.

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:29 PM
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    Friday, August 15, 2014 6:11 PM