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volatile storage

[′väl·əd·əl ′stȯr·ij]
(computer science)
A storage device that must be continuously supplied with energy, or it will lose its retained data. Also known as volatile memory.
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volatile storage

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volatile storage

An erroneous term. Storage devices, including magnetic disks and tapes, solid state disks (SSDs) and rewritable optical discs, hold their content permanently until purposely changed (they are non volatile). However, the computer's main memory (RAM) "is" volatile. See volatile memory.
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