Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 13th Jan 2011 12:53 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The question that forms the title of this article has recently been posted on the Super User Q&A site for computer enthusiasts. At first I was shocked at how silly a question it was as everyone should know that, right? But then I started to think about it and realized anyone under a certain age probably has no clue."
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RE: Wrong question..
by Zoidberg on Sun 16th Jan 2011 21:50 UTC in reply to "Wrong question.."
Zoidberg
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2006-02-11

They use them because DOS was designed around ideas from CP/M which also used drive letters. Windows has carried on the tradition to this day, and honestly why not?

I see nothing wrong with it and it makes it very simple to identify and organize all your different drives and partitions.

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RE[2]: Wrong question..
by daedalus on Mon 17th Jan 2011 13:39 in reply to "RE: Wrong question.."
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2011-01-14

Well, it does make it simple to identify alright, but when you have many, many letters it's a little bit nondescript, wouldn't you agree? You can label the drives of course as I do on Windows, and that shows how non-specific drive letters are. H:\ for a home drive is fine, but what about L:\ for the file server, F:\ for documentation? Doesn't make it all that easy to remember.

The old Amiga way of doing it made a lot more sense. All partitions could be referred to by name instead of letter, so you can have your partitions laid out like this:

System:
Files:
Apps:
Music:

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