Local drive

Updated: 06/06/2021 by Computer Hope

A local drive or local disk is a hard drive or SSD (solid-state drive) that is installed inside of or connected to your computer. It is not part of another computer on a network. For example, with most Microsoft Windows computers, the local drive or local disk is the denoted with "C:" label.

Local Disk (C:) in Windows

In the image above, the Primary Drive (C:) and Extra Space (F:) are the local drives on the computer. The DVD-RW Drive (E:) is a local disc drive, however, it is considered removable media. Any other network drives or cloud storage is a remote drive.


To view and find a local drive on a Windows computer, use Windows Explorer.

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