A File is defined as a set of related data or information that is being stored in secondary storage. A file is data file or a program file where former contains data and information in the form of alphanumeric, numeric or binary and latter containing the program code and can also be executed, is a program file.
It is used to contain many other folders and files. We can have any number of folders, and each folder can have different/numerous entries depending on the files created where each file has a position in a parent folder.
Difference between File and Folder:
|1.||Extensions||Files can have extensions.||Folders does not have any extensions.|
|2.||Organizations||Serial, sequential, indexed sequential and direct file organizations.||Single directory per user and multiple directory per user organization.|
|3.||Contain other same entity||No.||Yes.|
|4.||Basic||Collection of data.||A place to store a group of related files and folders.|
|5.||Space consumption||There is a specific size of a file.||Folder does not consume space in the memory.|
|6.||Properties||It has Name, Extension, Date, Time, Length and Protection attributes.||It has Name, Date, Time and Protection attributes.|
|7.||After Creation||After creation, We can open, save, rename, print, email and modify file content.||After creation, We can move, rename and delete folders.|
|8.||Share on Network||We can not share file on network.||We can share folder on network.|