Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Storing Files and Photos on a PC; BYTE ME

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Storing Files and Photos on a PC; BYTE ME

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Byline: with BRUCE kERR

THIS article is the fifth of our 10-part miniseries of self-help articles covering all facets of computer ownership. This week we cover the topic: How do I store files and photos?

If you are only going to use your new PC for browsing the internet or playing games, then most of this article can be skipped. However if you want to store important files or photos on your PC, then the below information is worth a read.

Every PC has a hard disk drive (HDD), which in many respects acts as a storage tank. The HDD stores files as digital data and doesn't really care if the file is a system file (a file responsible for the running of the PC) or a Word document, a tax database, a song or even a photo. These files take up some of the available space on the hard drive until you decide to delete them or move them to another HDD. In most respects the amount of room a single file takes up is negligible, however we will cover file sizes in a future article.

For a PC to function properly, every individual file must have its own separate location or file name and the way these files are located is very much like a tree's branch structure.

The latest operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8 give the user of the PC a series of a[approximately]library' folders such as My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, etc. The user can place files into these locations according to their type and this should help to find them at later dates. You can also create further a[approximately]secondary' folders or a[approximately]sub-folders' within the above a[approximately]base' folders and even more sub-folders yet again to further separate your files.

As an example, in your a[approximately]My Pictures' folder you may find it handy to create sub-folders with names such as Family, Friends, Holidays, Occasions and Unsorted. …

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