scratch file


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scratch file

[′skrach ‚fīl]
(computer science)
A temporary file for future use, created by copying all or part of a data set to an auxiliary memory device.
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The 64-bit Itanium processors handle up to 24 GB of RAM so they accommodate big PEA scratch files very well.
What users often do not realize, however, is that many seemingly professional word processing and graphics packages as well as operating systems create temporary scratch files or holding areas for data during processing.
"As the analyses became more involved, the time to write scratch files grew longer," recalled Joseph Spaulding.