Direct access

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Direct access may refer to any of the following:

Access method diagram.

1. Sometimes referred to as machine access or random access, direct access is a term used to describe a computer's ability to immediately locate and retrieve data from a storage device.

This method is often contrasted with sequential access, in which the device must start at the beginning and read through all of the information in order until the requested data is found. A hard drive is a good example of a device capable of directly accessing data.

2. When referring to a telephone call, see local bypass.

Hard drive terms, Random-access file, Sequential access