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Random Access Memory (RAM)

Random Access Memory (RAM) is found in everything from computers to tablets to smartphones and everything in between (including routers, cable modems, and other embedded electronics). RAM is a form of rapid access storage used by computers as an active workspace; it derives the “random” part of its name because the computer is able to access any individual data byte within the RAM at any given moment (by contrast, hard drives are read/written in entire blocks and thus not as quickly accessed as RAM modules).

The contents of the RAM are only stored during the operation of the host device and vanish when the device is turned off.

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