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  1. #1
    fergie
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    Default Quik Q - Wheres "B" Drive

    Hi,
    Just a quick "curiosity" question.
    Wheres the 'B' Drive?

    I mean - in a standard windows installation ( with 1 HDD, 1 Fdd, 1CD)
    they are usally labelled A (fdd) C (HDD) and D (CD)
    And when u add in another cd-rom drive - it usually gets D as its drive letter.

    But wheres B drive?
    Can you change a drives letter to this? Is it safe to do so?
    And why does windows miss it out?
    Thanks

  2. #2
    godfather
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    Default Re: Quik Q - Wheres "B" Drive

    In the beginning there was....The IBM PC.
    It had one or 2 floppy drives. HDD never came out until the XT model.

    The first floppy was A:
    If fitted, the second was B:

    This system probably predated to CPM systems and before as well I suspect.

    These names have been reserved since then for software compatability.
    I would [b]not [/b[ recommend trying to use the names for non FDD drives.

    have you run out of names in the C: - Z: ??

  3. #3
    fergie
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    Default Re: Quik Q - Wheres "B" Drive

    thanks for tht godfather.
    na, i have just set up a new partitioned HDD, and i was wondering where B drive was - just out of curiousity.
    cheers

  4. #4
    Chilling_Silence
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    Default Re: Quik Q - Wheres "B" Drive

    I would leave it.. If you're wanting to map more network drives, do some without drive letters....

    For some PC's which have 2 Floppy Drives, they assign the second the letter B:\

    I can remember on my old 286:
    a: = 5 1/4" FDD
    b: = 3 1/2" 1.44MB FDD
    c: = 20MB HDD Which was usually compressed to a whopping 37MB!!!!

    At the end - When it came time to sll the PC after and upgrade, I had about 100 floppies... Compare that to the HDD size....

  5. #5
    Tom McB
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    Default Re: Quik Q - Wheres "B" Drive

    True, a second floppy drive registers as B: However, DOS (I think even W95 or W98SE) will allow B: on a single drive machine.

    "COPY A:<filename> B:" allows you to save copies to a second floppy disk with only one drive (and often a lot of disk swapping).

    Here's one from a DOS head -
    SUBST allows you to "spoof" a drive by SUBSTituting one drive letter for another.

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