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What are the Windows A: and B: drives used for? - Super User

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In Windows you have a C-drive. Everything labeled beyond that is with the following letter.

So your second drive is D, your DVD is E and if you put in a USB stick it becomes F and the following drive G. And so on and so forth.

But then, what and where are A and B-drives?
This is one of the highest-voted questions on Super User. (The highest is Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster? which is also worth a visit.)
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:37 PM
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Meanwhile, on sister site Stack Overflow, one of their questions hit a million views: vi - How to exit the Vim editor? - Stack Overflow. (There may not be an age factor here. vi is a black art.)

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It's understandable that the asker didn't know that off the top of their head. That's fine and not really clueless.

What is not fine is that they didn't look it up. That question is from 2011, and the answer was readily available on Wikipedia at the time. And I can't vouch for what Google would have done with that question at the time, but if you just search on the text now, you get the answer there too.
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:52 PM
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That's true for quite a lot of questions on these types of sites.

For example, the answer to "how is babby formed? how girl get pragnent?" is also available on Wikipedia.
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It's also possible the question was put there to be a good Googleable answer for this question, and/or has been edited since its original posting to look more clueless than it was. Since "these types of sites" do aim to be the definitive home for these types of questions - and in some fields are doing pretty well.
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I think Yahoo Answers and the like appeal to the "random questions typed into the address bar" bracket. Google takes them there, and without any way out, there they remain.
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(Fun :ff: trivia, if you search the hoard for Mac, Bitchslap :bitchslap: is the first option).
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Is that like a Betamax? :confused:
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Okay, it's funny, but felt a little weird knowing that kid has been about 10 for the last 25 years.
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What's a wav file?
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Okay, it's funny, but felt a little weird knowing that kid has been about 10 for the last 25 years.
Similar to Bart who's 38 in real years, in one more year he'll be the same age in real years as homer is in show years.
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Our first VCR had a wired remote. But! It was a front-loader, not a top-loader, so obviously very high-tech.
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This both amuses and depresses me since I remember what a VHS is. Also, I happen to prefer wired everything. Unlike most people, I find the look of wires going everywhere appealing. It feels all techy to me.
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Jebus, have you never had to untangle cables, moncap?
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I can understand disliking wires on aesthetic grounds, but after this course I've been taking on wireless security, I definitely find wires more appealing now. If nothing else, wireless networks have so many vulnerabilities that simply aren't present in wired ones, and people misunderstand IT security risks enough as it is. For awhile, I thought Person of Interest was exaggerating the vulnerabilities of mobile phones for dramatic effect, but after some of the exploits I've seen in this course, I've concluded its portrayal is actually pretty close to reality.
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Jebus, have you never had to untangle cables, moncap?
Yes I have, and it's a pain in the ass. On the other hand, I still like the appearance of wires going all over the place. The aesthetic appeals to me. I also preferred wired connections over wireless ones, even if there is a certain convenience of wireless connections over wired ones.
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I'm going to put this here:

I'm driving along with my son, who is a relatively young person, and there are a couple of hawks walking around in the vacant lot by my house. I have almost never seen them on the ground like that, so I pulled over and told my son to take some pictures of them for me because I don't have a camera.

So he gets his phone out, "takes some pictures of them for me," and I start to pull away and he says (please read the following in a "young person confused by technology" voice), "OK, I took a Snapchat."

Because yeah, that's exactly what I meant. Take a picture of those hawks, and then send it to your Snapchat playmates just to be deleted like a dick pic.

I made him go back and take another picture, which he's supposed to send to me, but the bigger hawk had already flown away.
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I'm driving along with my son, who is a relatively young person
Relative to you.

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