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Ever Wondered Why The Default Drive In Computer Is Always C? 

Technology this day has not simply incorporated our lifestyle but has become an un-expendable part as a necessity in our lives. Encountering these gadgets, like a million times, something about them still remains a tad bit of mystery.You probably would have known the answer to this if you were a computer engineer or from an IT background. For those majority who don't know why the default drive is always the letter C and not an A or B, keep reading this post.If you still don't know what we're talking about, go to 'My Computer' on your desktop or laptop and check out your storage drives.For nearly as long as hard disk drives have been placed on personal computers running certain popular operating systems (notably MS-DOS/Windows), the primary hard disk has been designated with the letter “C”. But why? Let's find it out!

Ever wondered why?

Did the question ever strike you?

It all started with the inventions of computers

Initially, the computer didn't come with a lot of storage space. The regular computers right now have a space of 500 gigabytes or 1 terabyte, but earlier on it could only incapacitate barely a few kilobytes of data. 

Expanding the storage

To expand the storage, or store more files, floppy disks were utilized. Just like how an external hard drive works for us, a floppy disk would help to store files which couldn't be stored in the computer due to lack of space. 

The additional storage

An external hard drive is merely an advanced version of the floppy disk. One could add both the floppies as a drive in the computer. Hence, the drives were named 'A' and 'B.'

The additional storage

"You can assign the letters C through Z to each drive on your computer. A and B are usually reserved for floppy disk drives, but if your computer does not have floppy disk drives, you can assign A and B to volumes."Source

As the computers started advancing, the floppy drives went obsolete. 

The computers started coming with a built-in hard drive so that more files could be stored. 

With technological advancements, the floppy drives went out of the picture. 

But the letters of the hard drives within the computer remained same. 

Although, if one were so keen to organize the hard drives on the computer, it is possible. 

You should be having administrative rights and a good knowledge of the workings of your computer in order to set the correct letters to your hard drives. 

Kudos to all the geeks who could do this!

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