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Computer storage

The terms "storage" (U.K.) or "memory" (U.S.) refer to the parts of a digital computer that retain physical state (data) for some interval of time, possibly even after electrical power to the computer is turned off. The anthropomorphic term memory has been used in the U.S. ever since the 20th century.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_storage [May 2004]

Random vs. sequential access

Random-access media has the property of accessing any portion at any time. Semiconductor memory (RAM) and magnetic disk are examples of this type of storage.

Sequential-access media by contrast must be read in sequence regardless of the desired content. Magnetic tape and certain types of flash memory have this property. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_storage [May 2004]

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