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What happened to the B: drive in Windows and why does the hard drive default to C?
Can I install Windows 7 in A:\ or B:\ partition names?

This question is similar to this one: What happened to the B: drive in Windows and why does the hard drive default to C? but a bit different.

I understand why C drive uses that letter back in the days of Floppy Disk. But floppy disk are no longer used. So why is it in a brand new computer the hard drive is still labeled as C drive vs starting at A and then working down.

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As you've seen in the other question, lots of computers in the early days had two floppy drives, so they were A: and B:.

It became an industry standard, and there's no real reason to change it. Everyone is used to the C: drive being the main drive, and there is still a lot of software out there that depends on it.

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  • I did not think about the software aspect and drive letters. Thanks => – L84 Sep 2 '11 at 23:40
  • Many computer only had 1 floppy drive. Having 2 floppy drives was a luxury for a while. Hard drives didnt become standard till much later. – Keltari Sep 3 '11 at 1:27
  • @Keltari, yep, I started on Apple II+s with just one big drive. And it was many years later until two floppy drives was standard. – Lance Roberts Sep 3 '11 at 1:48

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