access time definition

  • noun:
    • Computer Science The average time lag between a request for information saved on a certain component, such as the hard disk drive or RAM, and its own distribution.
    • The time interval involving the issuing of a request to read information from or write data to a storage product and completion for this activity.
    • a product of metadata suggesting when a file was last accessed.
    • (computer system technology) the interval involving the time information is requested because of the system therefore the time the info is supplied by the drive
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