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February 28, 2011

Kim Komando solves your computer, social network problems

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OSKALOOSA — Q: I’ve noticed that my computer labels the drives with letters. For example, the hard drive is labeled the C drive. Where are the A and B drives?

A. Before computers had hard drives, they had floppy drives. Floppy disks stored your operating system and programs. Usually only one program or operating system would fit on a single disk. Many computers had two floppy drives so you didn’t have to keep swapping disks. These were the A and B drives. When hard drives were added, they became the C drive. Eventually, floppy drives became obsolete and were phased out. However, the A and B drive letters are still reserved for them. This should eventually change, as motherboard technology evolves.

Q: I’m thinking about partitioning my hard drive. Does Windows 7 have a built-in partition manager?

A. Windows Vista and 7 do have a partition manager. Go to Start>>Control Panel and select Administrative Tools. Then open Computer Management. In the sidebar, go to Storage>>Disk Management. Select your hard drive and right-click it. You will see options for partitioning the drive. You can also use a third-party tool like EASUS Partition Manager. Find a link at Komando.com/news. I recommend it instead of Vista’s partition manager. Note that partitioning a drive does have uses. However, I don’t recommend it. Partitioning a drive often causes problems down the road.

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