scratch disk

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scratch disk

(storage)
See scratch.

scratch disk

(operating system)
Unallocated space on Windows 95's primary hard disk partition, used for virtual memory.

Shortage of space on this partition can result in the error "scratch disk full".
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scratch disk

A hard disk used as a work space to store data temporarily. In highly computational applications such as editing large images or video, the scratch disk is used to hold the data being edited. Having one or more dedicated drives for scratch disks is the most efficient. However, if there is only one drive in the computer, a separate partition can be created on the drive that is not used for anything else, ensuring there is always available space. See scratch tape and scratchpad.
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'We now generate raw data at the rate of about 6PB per year, but even keeping scratch space free for processing, we should have enough capacity for the next few years', says the Institute's director of ICT, Paul Woobey.
They can sign up for a Scratch Space, supported by NTW Team, on the day.
There were she got Mary She far more scratch space She all the the "I come explaining and where achieved times when I lost my cool because there was just too much to do in such a short space of time.
In addition, SGI InfiniteStorage systems are available for scratch space and long-term archival of customer data.
They are not going to use internal storage except to house an instance of the local operating system running on the machine and some scratch space for a portion of a large data set.