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The storage area for information and applications within or connected to a computer. Memory within a computer can be stored on the hard drive, which is retained when the computer is turned off, or in RAM (random access memory), which is not, or in ROM. Information can also be stored externally on floppy disks and CDs. In all cases, the technique involves magnetic memory storage.

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