- of or relating to a storage medium, as magnetic tape, in which records must be accessed by reading or writing from the beginning of the file.
- of or relating to file processing in which records are organized based on the sequence of keys contained in each record, and in which accessing a record necessitates first accessing all of the preceding records.
Origin of sequential-access
First recorded in 1965–70
Also called serial-access.
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- a method of reaching and reading data from a computer file by reading through the file from the beginningCompare direct access
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