the physical memory in the hard drive is of maximum 8Mb.

to prove the above phenomenon:when we format our harddisk an create partitions we observe an 8MB of space is left unallocated and again in each drive it takes about 0.2 GB, i.e we cant get 20 GB partition when we create it , it may probably 19.6 GB of partition. so the remaining space i.e 0.2 GB is left for virtual/physical memory on the partition hello ..EVERY THING SAID ABOVE IS NOT 100% RIGHT....Let me say u what virtual memory is .. its part of hard drive's memory which we can change according to our req.. its acts as a RAM but not compleatly........let me explain........ram is work space....what ever we do its stored in ram....all programs ..applications..etc.........if we open lot of applications(more that which fits in our system ram).....then ram will be full.........and if we again open some thing...then as thr is no place is our ram.........our system hangs up.........................................................so we can use uor hdd memory as ram ...that is virtual memory............................all applications which are in ram which we r not using at that moment goes to virtual memory........which makes our ram free..........and when ever open that application which is in virtual memory ..........again it will come to ram from.....from virtual memory.................................................................. ex: we open .doc file............and we minimize it and again open some thing els then some thing els......so right now we r not using .doc file which we opened long back..........so that will goes to virtual memory............as we r not using it.................and if we goes to that .doc file ..............again that file will come back to ram from virtual memory........................so...........its also known as swap memory in linux............ and in windows we can change it like this........... my computer ...... right click ...properties...advance..performance..settings..advance..virtual memory..change