A CDE Definition
The designation for the primary hard disk in a Windows PC. The C: evolved from the early personal computers that used A: and B: for their two floppy drives. When the hard disk came along, it naturally became the C: drive. Letters starting with D: and up are used for additional hard disks and CD/DVD drives.
Even though floppy drives no longer come with computers, A: and B: are still reserved, and there is the occasional need for a floppy drive to read an old disk. See logical drive.
An allocated part of a physical disk drive that is designated and managed as an independent unit. For example, drives C:, D: and E: on a Windows PC can represent three physical drives or one physical drive partitioned into three logical drives. Contrast with physical drive. See logical volume.
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