Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Hierarchical file systemAlternatively referred to as recursive, recurse is a term used to describe the procedure capable of being repeated. For example, when listing files in a Windows command prompt, you can use the dir /s command, which will recursively list all the files in the current directory and any subdirectory. To better illustrate this concept, take a look at the example graphic shown on this page. Using the dir /s command on the C:\Windows directory also would list all files listed in the C:\Windows\System32, C:\Windows\Tasks, and C:\Windows\Web directories.

Hierarchical file system, Tree structure