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swap file

(operating system)
A file used by a program or, more often, an operating system as swap space. A swap file is usually allocated as a long contiguous section of a hard disk to reduce access time. The disk space used for a swap file can not be used for other things. Under Microsoft Windows, swap files are recommended not to exceed three times the available RAM and are usually 150 percent of the RAM size.

swap file

A disk file used to temporarily save a program or part of a program running in memory. See Windows swap file.
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The instructor pointed out to the students that the forensics investigator might not necessarily "know" what she was looking for when examining the contents of a swap file.
SECUDE secure notebook encrypts the entire hard disk rather than just individual files or folders, which means it protects temporary files, swap files, hibernation files and even the operating system itself.
Fingerprints, hair, fibers, or DNA get left behind, as do digital clues lurking in slack space or swap files.
New research for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry showed 5% of internet users regularly downloaded music from legal sites, compared to 4% who swap files illegally.
New research showed 5% of internet users regularly download music from legal sites, compared to 4% who swap files illegally.
Users will then be able to swap files between their PCs and Nokia mobile phone handsets - paying by SMS, Premium Telephony, debit and credit cards.
The recording and motion picture industries have filed lawsuits against hundreds of individuals over the past few years, including numerous college students who allegedly used their university networks to swap files.
Wireless networking lets them surf the web, check emails or research online from anywhere in the home or garden, and also makes it easy to swap files and share printers between PCs.
Countless students also swap files using peer-to-peer file-sharing technology.
P2P originally referred to computers communicating directly with each other; now it's more often used to describe software used to find and swap files, mainly MP3s and video.