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What Is Meant By Hardware And Software?

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Hardware in terms of computers refers to the physical object(s) used to input and return information to the user.

Software refers to the virtual or non-physical information/tools presented on hardware used to control/run the hardware.

Hardware can also be thought of as your body and Software as your brain...

If your brain (software) is removed, your body (hardware) will not be able to function, thereby rendered useless.
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The simple explanation, Hardware is a general term that refers to the physical parts of a technology and best example was computer hardware like video card, memory, and more. While Software is a programs that tell the computer what to do. Windows is consider as computer software.
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There are few distinct points between computer hardware and software. Though, the basic disparity between hardware and software is that hardware is a bodily device amazing that you're talented to stroke and observe. For example, the computer screen you're screening this wording on or the mouse you're by means of to find the way is carefully called computer hardware. Like the printers from which you get the hard copies of the computer material on which you can touch.
Software is policy and commands that inform a computer and/or hardware how to function. Your can not touch but only feel them. These are basically the sets of laws can be viewed and run using a computer or other hardware device. On the other hand, without any hardware software would not live. Examples of software are Window which is currently installed into your computer, an operating system that facilitates you to manage your computer and other instructions that execute on it. One more example of software is the Internet browser/ internet explorer you're using to view this page.
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Hardware is the internal workings of the cpu harddrive,motherboard, etc...and software is the programming that runs the cpu
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You can tell the difference between hardware from software as:

* Hardware can be touched, handled, hugged, dropped, broken, etc.* Software is usually presented through hardware.* Software can not be touched, smelt nor tasted but "felt" through the usual 2 main senses, namely sight and sound.

Hardware can be thought of as your body and Software as your brain...
If your brain (software) is removed, your body (hardware) will not be able to function.

Ps. Some people have awesome hardware but lack the much needed software.

Some examples of hardware:- iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini- Sony Vaio Laptops,various other PC desktop computers- iPhone, iPod, iTouch- Hammer- Light Bulb- Ruler- Calculator

Some examples of software:- Microsoft Windows- OS X Snow Leopard- Ubuntu Linux- Tweet deck- Various Games- Mozilla Firefox- Google Chrome- Safari Web Browser- Calculator

Note that even a calculator needs software too, you can't see it but the results are evident when you see an answer on the screen.

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Hardware includes every computer-related object that you can physically touch and handle like disks, screens, keyboards, printers, chips, wires, central processing unit.....on other hand Software includes every computer-related program that you cannot feel with the physical senses

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Physical components of the computer that we can see and can touch are called hardware.
A set of instructions or programmes that we can't  see and can't touch are called software.
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Diskettes are still used in some cases as backup media. All microcomputer systems come with at least one diskette drive. So without a substantial hardware investment in a dedicated backup system - hardware and software used only for backup purposes - the user can back up the contents of a hard disk onto removable media. Backup software for diskette systems is available that assists in the backup process, prompting the user to "insert a new diskette, please" when one diskette becomes full. One such program is called FASTBACK, by the 5th Generation Systems. However, using diskettes to back up a hard disk is slow.
Magnetic tape is the more commonly used storage medium for backing up hard disks. With a hard disk of 40 MB or higher, a reliable tape storage unit is a good investment. Tape backup units can easily support up to 12 MB or more per tape and are fast and accurate. Once you decide to purchase a tape system, many tape backup manufacturers write their own software. In addition to your specific needs, you should be sure that the software offers the following capabilities:
• File can be backed up individually or all at once.
• Several backups can be copied onto a single tape.
• A backup can span more than one tape.
• The backup data can be verified to ensure that it was recorded reliably on the tape.
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We cannot see and touch software?
Nonsense.
I can run my fingers over computer tape as easily as a stick of RAM.

Both computers and software are really matter arranged according to concepts, the difference is in how easy it is to rearrange them.

Software is not some abstract thing, it is matter like the hardware.

Software and hardware are both matter arranged according to ideas in the human brain.

Ask yourself if the ideas in the human brain are information separate from it's matter, and where they come from, and you are asking more interesting questions.
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Software is a program as in windows or a game that you installed to play or a driver you installed to make your video card work is software.

Hardware is anything made of metal or plastic or whatever like your cdrom player or motherboard and video card and so on.
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How do the component of a computer system interact to hardware, software, data, and the user

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