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Computer Basics Absolute Beginner’s Guide, Windows® 8.1 Edition, Seventh Edition by Michael Miller

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10. Adding Storage and Backup

Most desktop and traditional notebook computers these days come with a fairly large amount of internal storage, anywhere from 320GB (for a basic notebook) up to 4TB (that’s four terabytes—one of which is equivalent to one thousand gigabytes) or even more. That’s plenty of storage for most people, even if you download a lot of music and videos or store a ton of digital photos.

However, today’s ultrabook and tablet PCs don’t have that much internal storage because they don’t have hard drives. (These lightweight computers use solid-state flash storage that typically provides no more than 128GB to ...

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