Ever wondered why Windows starts drives from C?

Υπάρχουν 26 γράμματα στο αγγλικό αλφάβητο, αλλά η πρώτη τοπική μονάδα δίσκου στα Windows, στην οποία συνήθως εγκαθίσταται το λειτουργικό σύστημα, παίρνει πάντα το γράμμα C και όχι A. Αναρωτηθήκατε ποτέ γιατί συμβαίνει αυτό;

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Windows allows its users to partition their hard drives to create logical local drives. These local units are used to store user data, and each one holds a letter of the English alphabet. Conventionally the “C” drive is reserved for the operating system.

Almost all of us have now accepted the “C” drive as the default Windows installation location. In fact, all new programs are, by default, installed on this drive. But have you ever wondered why local drive names start with C and not the letter A? Also, does Windows allow you to change these drive names? Let's see it.

What about disks A and B?

Πίσω στο παρελθόν, όταν οι δισκέτες ήταν η κύρια πηγή αποθήκευσης στους υπολογιστές αντί για τους σκληρούς δίσκους, τα γράμματα Α και Β αντιστοιχούσαν στην πρώτη δισκέτα και στη δεύτερη δισκέτα, αντίστοιχα.

Similar to how local drives are labeled today: C for the drive containing the operating system and successive letters referring to drives containing user data, drive A (first floppy) was used to boot the computer and drive B (second floppy) was for storing user data.

Ο σκληρός δίσκος έκανε το ντεμπούτο του αργότερα, αλλά δεν κατέστησε αμέσως τις απαρχαιωμένες πιά δισκέτες. Αντί να αντικαταστήσουν τις δισκέτες με σκληρούς δίσκους στους υπολογιστές τους, οι χρήστες άρχισαν να χρησιμοποιούν και τα δύο σε συνδυασμό. Και όπως είναι προφανές, το επόμενο γράμμα μονάδας δίσκου “C” αντιστοιχίστηκε στην πρόσθετη μονάδα αποθήκευσης, δηλαδή στον σκληρό δίσκο.

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Years later, when hard drives completely replaced floppy disks due to their portability, speed, and storage capabilities, manufacturers stopped including floppy drives in computers. However, the drive names A and B were kept reserved for the floppies to ensure backwards compatibility.

Παλαιότερα, τα Windows δεν ήταν ένα αυτόνομο λειτουργικό σύστημα όπως είναι τώρα, και αντ’ αυτού ήταν ένα πρόγραμμα που έτρεχε σε DOS. Όταν οι σκληροί δίσκοι έγιναν ο κανόνας, τα Windows χρησιμοποίησαν την ετικέτα C για τη μονάδα εγκατάστασης.

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Modern computers don't use floppy disks, but even now, this convention is followed to automatically map the C hard drive label to the primary installation drive. The reason behind this is that most software is written with the C drive encoded as the primary operating system drive, and changing the Windows drive label can affect how programs run on your computer.

Can you use drives A and B for hard drives?

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If you are still using floppy disks in your computer, you will not be able to use these labels for logical hard disk partitions. But it's highly unlikely that your computer still has a floppy drive.

On modern computers, hard disk logical partitions are not labeled A and B by default, even if you use all available labels (up to Z). Windows users can manually change the local drive label to A and B , however, note that Windows does not index these drives as they were originally intended for removable drives such as floppy disks.

Windows has come a long way!

Long before Windows even existed, DOS powered computers and gave users an interface they could use to interact with computers.

Initially, Windows was an interface manager that required MS-DOS to run, but later, it evolved into a standalone operating system independent of MS-DOS.

Το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της εξέλιξης εκείνη την εποχή, ήταν απόρροια του ανταγωνισμού της Microsoft με τις αντίπαλες εταιρείες. Και που τελικά επικράτησαν.

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