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The part of the computer that stores all the programs and files. Additional hard drives can be added to increase storage space.

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Automatically joining segments of data that have been split when saved on the hard disk. Doing this tidies up the drive and creates more space.
A computer device that can use storage media like floppy disks, hard disks or optical disks.
A flexible magnetically-sensitive disc that's held inside a 3.5inch square hard plastic case. It has a storage capacity of 1.4Mb which is ideal for transporting text or low resolution or highly compressed digital images. The format is gradually becoming antiquated as advanced storage options such as removable media compete.