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Type (size) of hard drive??

I bought a learning center for my son. I need to hook it up to a computer. I recently purchased a gateway flat screen. What size hard drive should I get for his use only?

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It all depends on use. You should get the largest the system supports and you can afford to prevent having to upgrade in the near future. A 500 GB HDD is pretty cheap now days. Hope this helps.

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Assign each PC with an IP address starting with 192.168._._
Note: enter a 2 digit number in place of _
The last number position after the 3rd dot should be different on each PC.

Do this by navigating to the control panel on each PC and then double clicking Network connections. Right click on the Local Area Connection and select properties.
Now select Internet properties and click properties.

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Type //192.168._._
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What an effort!

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damnor01

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