Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

My ComputerA drive is a medium that is capable of storing and reading information that is not easily removed like a disk. The picture is an example of different drives listed in Microsoft Windows My Computer.

In the example shown on this page, drive A: is the floppy drive, C: is the hard disk drive, D: and E: partitions of the hard drive, and F: is the CD-ROM drive. Typically the CD-ROM drive is the last drive so in most situations the hard drive is the C: drive and a CD-ROM or other disc drive is the D: drive.

Below are some examples of different drives you could have in a computer or that may be accessible by the computer.

Types of computer drives

What is a portable drive and removable disk?

A portable drive and removable disk is any drive or disk that can be transported between computers. The most common portable drives today are the USB card readers, USB jump drives, and USB external hard disk drives.

Tip: If your computer has a card reader, since the drive is always available removable disks are shown and will not be accessible until a card is inserted into the drive. Other portable drives like USB flash drives and hard drives do not show until they are connected to the computer and are the last drive when detected.

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