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Keep Your Files in One Place for Easy Access

Busy schedules demand that files you use daily are easily accessible. The hard drive on your Toshiba computer stores programs, games, tunes, and movies that you use and depend on regularly. Once your 40 GB HDD (hard disk drive) fills up, it's possible to increase your computer's internal storage capacity.

Why Is Having an Internal HDD on Your Computer Beneficial?

  • Convenience: You could carry around an external HDD with you wherever you go. But why do that when your laptop has space for files you use at home and your workplace? It's also easy to keep a memory stick in your pocket, but sometimes it makes its way into the washing machine. Plus, by using your computer's internal HDD exclusively, there are no cables to keep up with or wear out from constantly connecting and disconnecting storage devices.
  • Additional Internal Drive: You can add a second internal drive to segregate files. You could store programs and other applications on one drive while using the second drive for storing personal documents. In the event that your computer becomes infected with a virus, your second drive protects those files from corruption.

What Can You Store on a 40 GB Internal Hard Disk Drive?

  • MP3 Files and Documents: One MP3 file or average-sized document takes up 5 MB of space. That means with 1 GB equaling 1,024 MB, you can store over 8,000 files on a 40 GB HDD.
  • Music: Using four times as much space as an MP3 file, you can store roughly 50 music files per each GB of available storage.
  • Movies: Videos eat up more GBs and when stored take up about 1.5 GB of space for each two-hour movie or TV show.
  • Games: Small games use about 4 GB of space, while larger ones gobble up space quickly, averaging 20 to 40 GB for each game.

What If You Need More Internal Memory Later On?

If you change your computing habits and use your laptop more often for gaming and watching movies, a Toshiba MK4032GAX (HDD2182), 40 GB hard drive, for instance, may no longer be adequate for your needs. Rather than reload all your programs and files onto a new computer, you can upgrade the internal HDD with a larger-capacity drive. When researching available replacements, make sure you know the model item number, name of the manufacturer, and your computer's compatible IDE storage interface, processor, and RPM spindle speed. If you'd rather not replace the internal drive, using external memory storage devices is a practical solution.