Organize & Safeguard Your Hard Drive By Alberta Rouse Your Hard Drive The hard disk/drive of your computer is where all programs and data are stored. The hard disk is the most important kind of permanent storage used in PCs.
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By Alberta Rouse
Hard disk drives have progressed dramatically in the last 20 years.
Note the height of the drive and its 10 stacked platters.
(The IBM Ultrastar 36ZX.)
Each document is a file and would include a plain text file, a letter in Word, digital music, a spreadsheet, a digital picture or directions/code for a program.
Where files are stored:
Windows uses a filing system that is very similar to a paper filing system and is organized using Windows Explorer or My Computer features. To open Windows Explorer, Right Click the Start Button and select Explore.
The Address Bar at the top tells you where you are at in the hard drive.
Tip: A file name can contain up to 255 characters, including spaces, but it cannot contain any of the following characters:
\ / : * ? “ < > |
.gif is the extension. This extension indicates that this file is a picture.
.doc = a Microsoft Word Document
.txt = a text file
.pdf = an Adobe Acrobat file
.wps = a Microsoft works spreadsheet
.gif = a picture file
.jpeg = a picture file
.bmp = a picture file
.zip = a compressed file
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