You can think of your iPad as an independent computer, but it's really an extension of a desktop or laptop computer. Since you probably already have important data stored on another computer, you need to learn how to transfer files to your iPad so you can use those files wherever you go.
To transfer files from your computer to your iPad, you'll need to use the iTunes program. Every Mac comes with iTunes, but if you have a Windows computer, you'll need to download and install iTunes directly from the Apple website (http://www.apple.com/itunes/).
To transfer files to your iPad, you need to use the following: