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Computer memory and data storage devices

blu-ray

a computer disc that can store large amounts of information and that produces very high quality pictures and sounds, used especially for computer games and films/

boot disk

noun

a disk that contains a program for starting a computer and the operating system software

buffer

noun

an area in a computer’s memory where information is kept temporarily when you are sending it from one system or program to another

cache

noun

an area of a computer’s memory for storing information that is regularly needed

cache memory

noun

an area of a computer’s memory for storing information that is regularly needed

CD

noun

compact disc: a small round piece of hard plastic with sound recorded on it or computer information stored on it

CDE

noun

compact disc erasable: a CD that can have its information removed and something else recorded onto it

CD-R

noun

compact disc recordable: an empty CD you can use only once to record music or information from a computer

CD-ROM

noun

compact disc read-only memory: a CD that stores large amounts of information for use by a computer

CD-RW

noun

compact disc rewritable: a CD you can use as many times as you want to record music or information from a computer

CD-video

noun

a type of CD used in the past for playing video

compact disc

noun

a CD

contact card

noun

a card containing electronic information that you can read by touching the card with a special piece of equipment

contactless card

noun

a card containing electronic information that can be read from a distance with special equipment that uses radio waves

disc

noun

a computer disk

disc

noun

a CD

disk

noun

a flat circular object such as a hard disk, DVD etc on which information from a computer can be stored

disk

noun

an American spelling of disc

diskette

noun

another name for a floppy disk

double-density

adjective

a double-density disk holds twice the amount of information as a standard disk

DVD-A

noun

a music DVD that contains more songs than a CD and has better sound quality

DVD-R

noun

a DVD that you can use only once to record information, especially images

DVD-ROM

noun

a computer DVD that can hold a lot more information than a CD

DVD-RW

noun

a DVD that you can use as many times as you want to record information, especially images

EPROM

noun

erasable-programmable read-only memory: computer memory that can be changed by a user to correct a problem in the program or to add to what the program can do

flash drive

noun

a small plastic disk drive that stores information and that you can carry around with you. You connect the flash drive to a computer when you want to use the information.

flash memory

noun

a type of computer memory that does not lose information when electrical power stops being available and from which you can erase (=get rid of) information and then program it again

floppy disk

noun

a small square plastic object used in the past for copying information from a computer. A floppy disk was often simply called a floppy..

gold disc

noun

the original disc from which other copies of a CD-ROM are made

hard disk

noun

the part inside a computer that stores the information it needs to work

hard drive

noun

a hard disk

mailbox

noun

a part of a computer’s memory where email is stored

medium

noun

a substance or an object on which computer information is stored or printed

memory

noun

the part of a computer in which information, instructions, and programs are stored

memory

noun

the size of this part of a computer

memory bank

noun

the part of a computer where information is stored

Memory Stick

a small disk drive that can store information for use in electronic equipment and that you carry around with you

optical disk

noun

a thin flat round piece of plastic that stores information such as music or written words that can be read using a laser (=powerful narrow light). Optical disks include CD-ROMs and laserdiscs.

photo CD

noun

a CD containing photographs that you can look at on a computer or television screen

RAM

noun

random access memory: the part of a computer that programs are put into while you are using them

random access memory

noun

RAM

read-only memory

noun

ROM

rewritable

adjective

a rewritable disk can be written on many times

ROM

noun

read-only memory: computer memory that is permanent and cannot be changed. Computer memory where you can save and change information is called RAM.

root directory

noun

the main directory (=place where files are stored) that contains all the other directories in a system of organizing information

SD card

noun

secure digital card: a type of memory card that is used in cameras, tablets and phones

SIMM

noun

single inline memory module: a part that is attached to the motherboard of a computer to add memory

space

noun

the area that is available on a computer for storing information

spool

noun

a part of a computer’s memory where information is kept for a short period

stack

noun

a system for storing information on a computer

storage

noun

the ability of a computer to store information, or the process of doing this

subdirectory

noun

one small area in a computer where information is stored, or a list of the files and programs stored there. A subdirectory is in a directory, often with other subdirectories

system disk

noun

a disk that holds the system software

virtual memory

noun

space on a computer’s hard drive that the software can use as a temporary place to store information

thumb drive

noun

a small disk drive that can store information from a computer and that you can carry around with you

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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