Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

A store may refer to any of the following:

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1. As a verb, store or storing is the action of saving information for later use. With computers, you store information on a storage device, such as an internal hard drive, optical disc drive, or an external storage device.

In the case of a magnetic storage medium, information is stored by polarizing sections of magnetic disk platters to represent the binary values 1 and 0.

For solid-state storage devices (which have no moving parts), binary data is stored as a persistent electric charge. If the charge is lost without a flow of electricity, the storage is volatile memory (such as a RAM chip). If the charge persists even when power is turned off, the storage is called non-volatile memory (such as an SSD).

The OS (operating system) of the computer is responsible for storing data on your computer. When you save data on a computer, the operating system stores it in units called files, in an organizational structure called a file system.

2. When referring to a location, a store is a place where something can be purchased. For example, a computer store sells computers, software, and hardware.

3. An app store is a marketplace on the Internet where you can purchase apps for your desktop computer or mobile device.

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