Computer Hardware

Rebekah Beaumont 2T

Hard Drives and SSD

A Hard Drive is a computerised component that is able to save all your work including; photo's, apps and documents. A Hard Drive on the inside is a disc that is always spinning with an arm that helps saving your documents, photo's etc. Unfortunately Hard Drives, as they have loads of moving parts if they were to be dropped then it is more likely for something to go wrong or break. However an SSD, Solid State Drive, is a more modern version of a Hard Drive, it is thinner, lighter, and more reliable as it has no moving parts. But as the SSD has all these better features it is more expencive. Both of these have the same funtion but overall the SSD is a better, more reliable component to use.

The different types of drives

Now days we have CD, DVD and Blue-Ray optical drives that play your music and films, if you are to by a new laptop with an SSD that is really thin it probably will not have an optical drive so it can be really thin and easily moved so to play music or films you would have to download them from the internet. However if you were to buy an older computer that is thick and heavy then it is most likely to hold a Hard Drive and a optical drive because is has space for them but you wouldn't be able to download music and films.


A monitor is the the sceen of the computer, it is when the screen is serparate to the body of the computer but if you were talking about your phone or laptop you would just call it a screen. The monitor allows you to see and interact with the computer, watching films, playing games etc. without monitors you are unable to process data or actually use your computer or see what you are doing.


The CPU is the hardware within a computer system or smartphone which carries out the instructions of a computer program. The CPU is basically the brain of the computer without it your computer would be unale to work. CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. it does all the calculations and processing therfore works everything about the computer. The most popular CPU sellers are Intel and AMD.


Random Access Memory (RAM) provides space for your computer to read and write data to be accessed by the CPU. Random Access Memory (RAM) is the "working memory" in a computer. The more RAM you have, the more it allows a computer to work with more information at the same time which can have a dramatic effect on total system performance.