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why is it saving memtest86 as a disk image?

post #1 of 10
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so i was just about to try overclocking for the first time and needed to download memtest86. but whenever i would download the iso .zip file it would save it as a disk image and a window would pop up asking for a disk burner.

what am i doing wrong and how do i fix it???

(dont make fun of me, im lazy today)
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uuh what about usb stick?
thats the way i did it
much easier
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wait, so i cant just download it to my hdd?
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post #4 of 10
memtest86+ is a bootable disc image. It runs before your OS boots to check the RAM at a hardware level without the interference of the OS/software
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Yes you can. But then you have to make it bootable on a USB/CD/Partition of your HDD if you want to actually run it. I suggest the first two (USB or CD).
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post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by RiiiE View Post
wait, so i cant just download it to my hdd?
It's not just a program that you run normally inside Windows, you burn it to a CD (or use a USB stick) and boot from it, that way it can test all of your RAM and not just the amount that Windows and other programs aren't taking up.
post #7 of 10
Phrased slightly differently than BigMak's explanation:

Memtest is its own operating system. You can not run it from within another operating system, as it needs to use all of the RAM for its tests.
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by nategr8ns View Post
Phrased slightly differently than BigMak's explanation:

Memtest is its own operating system. You can not run it from within another operating system, as it needs to use all of the RAM for its tests.
Well that's pretty much what I just said.
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k sorry, please excuse my lazyness/noobyness
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post #10 of 10
yea its bootable only. Running it in an unstable OS would kinda defeat the purpose

Best bet is to get the USB Stick version from the website.
    
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