What does virtual memory provide to an operating system?
- the creation of virtual partitions on the hard drive
- an increase in data storage
- an increase in the speed of accessing RAM
- a temporary storage of data until enough RAM is available to process it
Explanation: The OS uses virtual memory when a computer does not have enough RAM available to run a program. Virtual memory moves data from RAM and places it in a paging file on the hard drive. A paging file is a place where data is stored until enough RAM is available to process the data. This process is much slower than accessing the RAM directly.