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Chapter 2. Using Windows XP > Files, Folders, and Disks

2.8. Files, Folders, and Disks

Files are the basic unit of long-term storage on a computer. Files are organized into folders, which are stored on disks. (In DOS, Unix, and earlier versions of Windows, folders were more often referred to as directories , but both terms are still used.) This section reviews fundamental filesystem concepts, including file- and disk-naming conventions and file types.

2.8.1. Disk Names

Like every version of Windows that preceded it, Windows XP retains the basic DOS disk-naming conventions. Drives are differentiated by a single letter of the alphabet followed by a colon:


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