One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Access to a computer data file that requires the user to read through the file from the beginning in the order in which it is stored.Compare with direct access
- ‘Sequential access files are not well suited for storing large amounts of data.’
- ‘Some are read intensive and others are write intensive, some favor sequential access and some others are always accessed randomly.’
- ‘I save all kinds of things, especially user options, in sequential Access Files.’
- ‘While still incredibly useful, sequential access files are a consequence of a sequential medium such as magnetic tape.’
- ‘As you can see, with disks, sequential access is much faster than random access.’
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