Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope

Internal may refer to any of the following:

Computer memory aka RAM

1. Internal describes a device that's installed inside 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 a computer.

Internal computer hardware devices

What is internal storage?

Internal storage is a description of any storage device that's internal (inside the case) and is not a removable storage or external storage. For example, the hard drive inside your computer is an example of internal storage.

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

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

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