Posted 11 June 2005 - 01:30 AM
To give you some more detail, your hard drive (or 'hard disc drive' in full) is the physical piece of hardware inside the computer case or tower, where the operating system, programs and files are stored. For the operating system (assume its Windows) to use the hard drive it must be "partitioned" and the partitions must be "formatted" in a way which makes them recognisable as storage space to Windows.
The first recognisable partition on the first hard drive in the case is referred to by Windows as "C:" (or Local Drive C) because the letters A: and B: are reserved for floppy drives. If there is a second partition, on the same hard drive
that will be referred to as "D:" (local Drive D) and so on. When all the partitions on all
the hard drives have been allocated a drive letter Windows will then allocate letters for other IDE devices such as CDROM drives.
In the most simple setup there is only one partition on your hard drive, which is therefore C:, and one CDROM drive, which is therefore D:.
Edited by Rimmer, 11 June 2005 - 01:36 AM.
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