Memory swapping is a memory reclamation method wherein memory contents not currently in use are swapped to a disk to make the memory available for other applications or processes. The exact state or "page" of memory is copied to the disk to make the data contiguous and easy to restore later.
This device hearkens back to the time of the Commodore and the Atari, when a machine's fundamental controls were not hidden by windows and other dressed-up interfaces.
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