volatile memory

Definitions

Computing

Electronics

  • computer memory, such as most forms of RAM, which does not retain its content when the power is interrupted or turned off. Also called volatile storage (2).
  • synonymvolatile storage
  • computer storage which does not retain its content when the power is interrupted or turned off. This type of storage is very rare.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a memory or storage mechanism in a computer which loses data stored in it when the power supply is switched off
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