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Memory

More commonly known as RAM, memory is a location where information is stored that is currently being being utilized by the operating system, software program, hardware device, and/or the user.

There are two types of memory, volatile memory and non-volatile memory. Volatile memory is memory that loses its contents when the computer or hardware device loses power. Computer RAM is a good example of a volatile memory. Non-volatile memory, sometimes abbreviated as NVRAM, is memory that keeps its contents even if the power is lost. CMOS is a good example of a non-volatile memory.

It is very common for users to confuse what memory is exactly. For example, a computer hard drive is sometimes thought of as memory. A hard drive is a type of storage but not memory. As mentioned above, memory is more commonly known as RAM.

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