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Files and Folders

A file is the what you call the basic unit of storage on a computer. Everything used on a computer is stored in a file, letters, programs, pictures, you name it. What you're looking at right now is stored in a file somewhere.

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Usually files are stored on a disk of some sort. Disks are the little 3½ diskettes (that you can pop in and out), CD-ROMS, or hard drives. Hard drives are a little mysterious to most people because they are seldom, if ever, seen. Its a little box inside your computer case.

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Files are organized on your disks in folders. Since disks usually have hundreds or thousands of files on them, its nice to have a way to store them so you can find them when you want to use them.

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