well someday soon you will not need it, ram will eventually be taken over by ssd's. which are essentially ram without the random. but when that leap happens it is unlikely u can get the drivers u need on a old piece of hard where without the os, well you could. but you would have to enter it in manually in the bios, old school style. that's assuming where not using different ports by the time that hw is released, sorry i know this wont help you test your ram now. i just get going sometimes. good luck. i would just switch out your ram in a friends computer and see what happens.