- December 27, 2008 at 12:54 am #28436
When I first started using computers, (about 25 years ago) knowing the difference between hardware, software, and peripherals was not an easy thing to remember… Most people didn't even know what a computer was…LOLOLOLOLOL.. Now everyone knows what a computer is and therefore it is good to know the difference between at least hardware and software. Hardware refers to the basic parts that make up your computer. For example a hard drive, memory, processor, cd or dvd drive, power supply, and motherboards are part of the hardware of your computer. Peripherals are those pieces of hardware that you add on to your computer in order for it to function. For example a mouse, keyboard, modem, monitor, etc. Software refers to all of the programs on your computer. Software helps you get things achieved, like writing letters, sending emails, and surfing the internet. The entire computer runs on all sorts of software. Even the bios and the operating system is software. Now most items clearly fall into one of these categories above, however here are some items that can render further debate.
- A video card is an addon but is installed inside your computer?
- A modem can be internal or external?
- An external hard drive can be a main component of your computer?
What do you think?December 27, 2008 at 5:25 am #30614
I agree up to the external hard drive, saying that it is a main component is not correct, you can not install the operating system and boot to an external drive there for it would not be a main component.BearDecember 27, 2008 at 9:06 am #30615
yeah main component does not sound right..I should have said a permanent fixture..March 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm #30616
I agree up to the external hard drive, saying that it is a main component is not correct, you can not install the operating system and boot to an external drive there for it would not be a main component.Bear
I disagree, most motherboards made in about the last three years will allow you to boot from anything, external hard drives included (usb drives, SD cards even)and installing to these devices has been possible as long as your bios will recognize the device as above...But installing to an external drive and running your pc off of it, will cause your computer to be slow (Unless you are using E-SATA *exrternal sata*) Because usb (and firewire) are slower than both sata and pata (what most people call ide) drives
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