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Recovery disks, Factory specs, pda files and pcmcia?

I'm looking at a computer that the owner said he even has the recovery disks. What are recovery disks?

I'm also wondering what restoring back to factory specs really means.

Oh what are pda files?

Last but not least what is pcmcia?

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Thanks for your smile
recovery disc is used for recovering your operating system when your pc is having problem.
restoring back to factory default means the settings of the computer when you received the computer from the shop. in other words default settings.
pda files are personal data assistance files.
pcmcia card is same as lan card( also known as nic card, ethernet card) of your pc. pcmcia card is used in lap tops.

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