Definition

volume

Also see volume (amount of physical bulk).

1) In computers, a volume is an identifiable unit of data storage that is sometimes (but not always) physically removable from the computer or storage system. In tape storage systems, a volume may be a tape cartridge (or, in older systems, a tape reel). In mainframe storage systems, a volume may be a removable hard disk. Each volume has a system-unique name or number that allows it to be specified by a user.

In some systems, the physical unit may be divided into several separately identifiable volumes.

2) In audio, volume is the loudness of the signal.

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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