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Difference between Memory and Storage

  • Last Updated : 25 Mar, 2020

Memories are made up of registers. Memory refers to the location of short-term data. Each register in the memory is one storage location. Storage location is also called as memory location. Memory locations are identified using Address. The total number of bit a memory can store is its capacity.
Memory are of three type:

1. Primary Memory
2. Secondary Memory
3. Cache Memory 

Storage allows you to store and access data on a long-term basis.Data remains the same and nothing changes in the hard disk drive: everything gets pulled off into the main memory. Storage allows you to access and store your applications, operating system and files for an indefinite period of time.
For Example:

1. HDD
2. SDD
3. SD Cards
4. CD, DVD, etc 

Let’s see the difference between Memory and Storage:

1Memory is an electronic component that is capable of storing data and information on a temporary basis.Storage refers to physical storage devices.
2It is temporary data storage.Data is stored both temporarily and permanently.
3Memory is faster than storage.Storage is slower than memory
4Memory can access data and information instantly.Storage cannot access or modify data as fast as the memory.
5It is a collection of computer chips installed in memory modules.It is a technology consisting of core components of a computer.
6When the computer loses the power, Data is lost .No data is lost.
7The memory module are expensive than storage.Storage devices are cheaper.8There size are not much larger and goes upto GBs.There size are much larger than memory and goes upto TBs.9It is used when data is stored for short time.It is used when data is stored for long term.

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