What's the difference between memory and storage?

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  • David
    Lv 7
    7 months ago
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    Memory tends to refer to DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) which is volatile storage in that the contents are lost when the computer is shut down. There is also NVram which is non volatile RAM but we won't go into that here

    Storage tends to refer to permanent storage where the contents are not lost when the computer is shut down, and is usually provided by a Hard disk drive or a solid state drive. Most modern computers have DRAM of the order of 4-16GB and storage of 250GB-1000GB

  • 7 months ago

    Both memory and storage are terms used to refer to internal storage space on a computer. Memory, usually referred to as random access memory (RAM), is where an application loads its data during processing by the CPU, while a storage drive is where data is stored for long- or short-term retention.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Memory keeps the computer from forgetting, while storage keeps information confidential for retrieval

  • 7 months ago

    memory is RAM and storage is disk.

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  • 7 months ago

    Storage is like a file cabinet where all of your files/software are saved. Memory is where you load active files/software when they are in use.

  • SRΛSC
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Memory is RAM, how well the computer can cope with multiple tasks at any given point.

    Storage is how much data the computer can hold on its hard drive, solid state drive at any point.

  • 7 months ago

    Kind of the same thing - you can use the words interchangeably more or less. The difference is "storage" suggests longer term memory like Hard Drive or SD Card. "Memory" can suggest a shorter term than storage, like for example, RAM/ROM is never called "storage".

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