Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Contiguous may refer to any of the following:

1. In general, contiguous refers to an object that is adjacent to another object.

2. When referring to a computer hard drive, contiguous or continuous refers to sectors on a disk that are by each other. When information is written to a disk if there is enough space the information is written contiguous. However, if there is not enough available sectors the data is written to multiple places on a disk causing it to be fragmented.

File fragmentation

3. When referring to computer memory, contiguous refers to sections of memory that are next to one another.

Contiguous data structure, Hard drive terms