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.

In contrast, sequential access starts at the beginning of a data source, and reads all 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