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LAPTOP- COMPAQ E500

HI THERE! I JUST BOT THIS LAPTOP WITH ** HARD DRIVER AND I WONDER WICH ONE TO CHOOSE? (20- 80GB) THE LAPTOP WILL SERV MY CHILRDEN (10-11 YEARS OLD) THERE IS A SERIE NMB ON THE BACK AE5 P3500T3X6DM64N4 MANY THANKS GEORGE email:giorgio@fsmail.net

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    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    so, Georgio, what is your actual question?

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The 80GB would be better, these days games take alot of room and 20GB would fill up very fast and they would start asking why cant I install my game? becouse the disk is full after few months.

80GB will go along way as long as the useless files are removed.

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