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how much hard drive and memory

what would a college student's needs be for a laptop in memory and hard drive capacity

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Depends on use...

most come with 2-4GBs RAM and hard drives greater than 100GB ...it just depends on the price range.

The other thing you should consider is ... how will you back up your data so that if the laptop hard drive dies or the laptop gets stolen, you still have your data.

VAPCMD

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If we discount them loading up movies and mp3s?

Why not the usual 4GB RAM, Windows 7 machine with 250 or more GB hard drive?

These start at about 399 from dell.
Bob

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Typical, IMHO

Any of the newer laptops will do. It basically boils down to what your needs are to make it a more perfect fit. If you're an engineering, medical, etc. student those depts. may offer a list or requirements that a laptop should have. The newer laptops usually do fine supplying that. What can be looked at further is the supplied s/w bundle that some laptops come with. That also, under the student purchase pgm. could be had at less cost later once demanding needs are required.

Typical needs: wi-fi, 2gb ram(4gb better), 250gb HD, USB and Ethernet ports, long battery life and lite wieght. Anything else is puffery, so colors, bags, gaming, iPod setup, etc., isn't school related. Happy

tada -----Willy Happy

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You can never have too much

You can never have too much of either. Get as much of both as will fit your budget.

Uses of a computer have a way of growing over time, so what works for you today may not be enough tomorrow.

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