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A Best Buy sales guy told a friend of mine to get the $200 chromebook and not the $250 samsung chromebook because the $200 one had a bigger hard drive.  

I didn't think the "C:" was relevant because chrombooks can't store documents on the hard drive.

However, as I type that, there must be a way to "browse" local storage to upload pictures to picasa, etc.


What's the deal?

BTW, the $250 samsung's battery life is twice that of the $200 chromebook  which seems much more important.

Thanks,
Mike
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Your instincts are correct.

The Samsung has a 16GB SSD vs the Acer 320GB mechanical HDD. The Samsung has better battery life, better performance, and it's lighter, generally a better quality unit. All Chromebooks have a 2-year 100GB Google Drive account so the extra storage might be useful really if you were offline a lot. Then, you probably wouldn't be considering a Chromebook in that case.

Have a look at this review, but generally they agree that the Samsung is better value.

Acer C7 Chromebook Review
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So, let me clarify: the local storage is for the purpose of syncing the cloud content when offline, right?

But unlike a windows pc, you can't plug in a usb camera and drag 200 gigs of photos to the "C:", right?
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Yes you can drag in 200GB of photos to the local drive, or movies or music, so you are playing off the local drive instead of streaming them from the cloud. You can play them with the Chrome web apps when you are offline, so that is a useful feature
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Wow!  Thanks Terencino!

I thought the local storage was basically for the OS and for cached stuff from the online app.

Nonetheless, I'm not moved by the bigger drive size because it seems unwise to move lots of data to the local storage and not have it in the google cloud where it is backed up.

Thanks,
Mike
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Thanks! Awesome Info!
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