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What is the difference between memory and hard disk space? PDF Print E-mail

     Memory and hard disk space are often confused because they are both measured in MB which is Mega Bytes or one million bytes.  If you think of your hard disk as a filing cabinet (because that is really what it is) it makes it clearer.  All the files that are needed to run your computer along with all the files that you create as you use the computer are simply files in folders on your hard drive just like your filing cabinet in the corner of your office or room.  It is a storage place and nothing more.  If you think of memory as your desktop that makes it easier.  You take a file out of your filing cabinet and put it on the top of your desk.  The bigger your desktop (large amount of memory), the more files you can open up at the same time and the easier it is to manage your everyday operation.  A small desktop (small amount of memory) requires you to close out folders before opening new ones from your hard drive thus slowing down the entire process.  This is, of course, an oversimplification but you get the idea. 

 
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