Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Internal may refer to any of the following:

Computer memory aka RAM1. Internal is a term used to describe a device that is installed within the computer. For example, a video card is an internal device and a printer is an external device. When referring to a drive, an internal drive (e.g. internal hard drive) is any drive inside the computer. In the picture is an example of computer memory and an example of internal hardware. Below are additional examples of internal hardware in your computer.

Internal computer hardware devices

2. When referring to a network, internal can be used to describe data that is only accessible to those who have the privilege within the company and not to those outside the company. For example, a company may have an internal website or intranet that is only accessible to its employees and not the customers.

3. Internal may also refer to a type of command. See the internal command for further information and examples.

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