PC Fun Facts
This week we discuss PC fun Facts. . Memory and disk space are two of the most widely-confused terms in the computing world. To understand how your computer works, you must first know the difference between memory and disk space. Hard Drives have several Size constraints, starting very low 320 GB, to very high 2 Terabytes, and often they leave you wondering what a Gigabyte drive can hold, versus a Terabyte drive.
1TB (Terabyte) = 1000 GB (gigabytes), 1 Million MB (Megabytes) or 1000 Million KB (Kilobytes)
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320 GB 5400 hrs. 320 hrs. 100,000 161 hrs.
500GB 8500 hrs. 500 hrs. 155,000 250 hrs.
750GB 13,100 hrs. 770 hrs. 240,000 384 hrs.
1 TB 17,000 hrs. 1000 hrs. 310,000 500 hrs.
2 TB 34,000 hrs. 2000 hrs. 620,000 1,000 hrs.
The hard disk, sometimes called the “hard drive” (which is actually the mechanism that holds the hard disk), is a spindle of magnetic discs that can hold several gigabytes of data. Therefore, disk space refers to how much space you have available on your hard disk for storing files. When you save a document or install a new program, it gets stored on your hard disk. The more files you download, install, or save on your hard disk, the more disk space you use.
Memory, on the other hand, is not the same as disk space! Memory refers to the random access memory (RAM) inside your computer. RAM consists of small chips also known as memory modules. Your computer uses memory (RAM) to store actively running programs on the computer, including the operating system. For example, the operating system’s interface and other processes get loaded into memory when the computer boots up. When you open a program like Microsoft Word, it gets loaded into the computer’s memory as well. When you quit the program, the memory is freed up for use by other programs.
RAM can be accessed hundreds of times faster than a hard drive, which is why active programs are loaded into RAM. Since only small amounts of data from the hard disk need to be loaded into the system memory at one time, computers typically have much more hard disk space than memory. For example, a new computer may come with a 1 TB hard drive, and only 4 GB of RAM.
If your computer informs you that you don’t have enough disk space to install a program, you need to delete files from your hard disk that you don’t need or buy an external hard drive. If your computer says there is not enough memory to run a certain program, you will need to upgrade your memory by buying more RAM. Knowing the difference between these two computer components can save you both time and money. Thanks for reading, and keep your PC safe and your family safer. Remember at “Hunt Technology”, you always get “Quality Service & Individual Attention” you deserve.
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