Random Access Memory (RAM) is a
|“||[c]omputer storage device in which words may be 'written' (stored) or 'read' (recovered) in any order at random. Conventional internal memory.”||”|
RAM "consists of integrated circuits that hold temporary instructions and data for the central processing unit (CPU), the central 'brain' of a computer system." "Most types of RAM are volatile, which means they lose all data when the power is turned off or the system shuts down."
"RAM is the most difficult to capture accurately due to its volatile nature. Since RAM is typically used for program execution, information may be of value to the examiner (e.g., configuration files, passwords, etc.)."