You often hear the terms 'storage' and 'memory', people tend to use them interchangeably but they are not the same thing. They are both used to store data and files that you want to keep or that you are working on at the moment.

Memory tends to store the files that you are working on right now and also modules from the applications that you are using or have open. These are stored in RAM (Random Access Memory). This data is usually lost if the computer crashes or is switched off.

Storage is where your files and computer programs are kept permanently so that you can get hold of them at any time. They won't be lost when the computer is switched off.

The other type of memory that you will hear about is ROM or Read Only Memory. This holds the instructions needed to start the computer up - it doesn't get wiped when the computer is turned off. You can't save anything to this type of memory.

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