When it comes to figuring out how capable your computer is, whether you’re shopping around for a new computer or if you’ve received a hand-me-down computer for work or at home, you’ll want to know three things first: How large is the hard drive, how much RAM is installed, and how fast is the processor. This video explains what these three items are and how they contribute to the operation of your computer system.
- [Voiceover] When it comes to figuring out…how capable your computer is, whether you're…shopping around for a new computer,…or you've received a hand-me-down…computer for work or at home,…you'll want to know three things:…how large is the hard drive,…how much RAM is installed,…and how fast is the processor?…Now, a lot of people who aren't familiar…with computers, have trouble understanding…these three terms and what they mean…in terms of what the computer is capable of.…Allow me to offer this analogy:…This is a hard drive.…You computer's hard drive, sometimes also…referred to as a hard disk,…is the computer's storage device.…
You'll rarely see it out in the open like this…because it's an internal device,…but this is what one looks like.…Think of the hard drive as the filing cabinet,…where everything on your computer is stored.…From programs to documents to videos.…Basically anything that's stored on your computer…is stored on the hard drive.…Now this is a RAM or random access memory module.…Most people just call it RAM or memory.…
Interested in Mac computers? Check out Garrick's companion course, Computer Literacy for Mac.
- What is a computer?
- Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
- Understanding files and folders
- Opening and saving files
- Working with software
- Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
- Connecting to networks to go online
- Setting up email
- Receiving and sending email
- Searching the web
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Computers
2. Getting Started
3. Software and Applications
4. Computer Peripherals
5. Networks and Getting Online
7. Web Browsing and Searching
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