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Hard Disk Drives

Your hard disk drive is your computer's main "long term memory"--it holds your operating system, programs and data files. Hard drives are the fastest form of long-term storage your computer uses. They have currently increased in size and speed to values unheard of just a few years ago. Hard disks are (usually) permanent--they stay in one place inside your computer and cannot be removed the way floppy disks or CD-ROMs can.

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