What is a Hard Copy?
A hard copy is a digital document. It is used to print the output. The hard copy is known as the permanent copy. They can be physically touched after printing. They are known as a physical copy. These can be anything such as a photograph, printed cards, etc which we see or use in our daily lives. Hard copies are shared via a physical mode of transfer and can not be shared online.
Examples of hard copy: computer printouts, printed documents, continuous printed tapes, newspapers, books, teleprinter pages, notebooks, radio photo prints, etc.
What is a Soft Copy?
A soft copy is also a digital document. It is used to save information inside a computer or drive. The soft copies are used to save the output in memory storage devices, hard discs, USB drives, etc. The soft copies are known as temporary information saving devices. They can be shared via email, messaging applications, etc.
Examples of soft copies: PDF files, Word documents, XLS files, Presentation files, Scanned copies, etc.
What is the Difference Between Hard Copy and Soft Copy?
As we have seen a brief introduction about a hard copy and a soft copy. We will now explore the difference between hard copy and soft copy. The major differences between the two are explained in the table provided below:
|Difference Between Hard Copy and Soft Copy|
|Hard Copy||Soft Copy|
|They are physically available and can be touched by hands||Not physically available and can not be touched with hands.|
|They are transferred physically.||They are transferred digitally.|
|They require printing costs.||Does not require any printing cost.|
|They can be converted into soft copies by scanning devices.||They can be converted into hard copies by printing devices.|
|Known as permanent copies.||Known as temporary copies.|
|Any correction on the information saved in hard copy is not feasible.||Corrections can be done easily.|
|Carries a physical weight.||Occupies a digital space known as memory.|