Some IT configurations are capable of assigning whole sections of memory for prescribed operations, programs, and/or data. These assigned sections of memory can be protected by a hardware address validity check. This type of control is also known as storage protection.
Address validity checks are also used in disk drives. When employed, firmware commonly compares the address on a disk pack requested in a write instruction with the set of valid disk storage locations.
Verification constraint of an IT hardware validity check
Where installed, the IT hardware validity check compares each action with the set of rules to ensure that it is indeed appropriate. Nevertheless, the limitation of an IT hardware validity check is that it will not detect an error when a valid symbolic representation is recorded improperly in place of another symbolic representation during data entry or transmission.
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