File System

File System. Sounds like a really complicated phrase doesn’t it? Well it’s not. This is probably the most important topic that you’ll put to use on an everyday basis. Let me explain.
Computers and humans have more in common than you think. See if there’s a room with a 1000 pieces of paper scattered all over the place, with no rhyme or reason, your gonna have one heck of a time finding that bank statement you threw in there a few months ago. Well computers would have just as hard of a time as you would trying to find it. But if you made a filing system for all those papers, then you’d probably be able to find that bank statement in no time.
Computers are no different, they need a filing system to organise all those files, may it be text files, picture files, video files, music files, etc. etc.
There is more than one type of filing system depending on the operating system. But they all have pretty much the same structure.
In fact you’ve probably already seen something like this before.
Let me show you a picture and you can guess what it is.


That’s right it’s a family tree. One person leads to another, which leads to another, and so on and so forth.
Now lets look at another picture.

That’s basically how a computer file system looks like. Not as dramatic as you thought it’d be is it?
One folder leads to another or a couple folder/s that leads to another or a couple folder/s, and so on and so forth.

Speaking of “folders”, in the computer world we don’t use the word “folder”. We call a “folder” a “directory”.
So lets rephrase what I said.
One directory leads to another or a couple directory/s that leads to another or a couple directory/s, and so on and so forth.

So now you have a much better idea of how to navigate all those files and folders that at one time probably seemed like one big complicated computer organisation. When in reality it was nothing you haven’t seen before.

Now lets start actually navigating the windows file system.

Lets left click on the start menu button


Then we left click on the Computer button on the start menu.


Here we see two categories.

-Hard Disk Drives

-Devices with Removable Storage

Hard Disk Drives

Here I want you to ignore two things, Adobe and Windows Swap. I named these myself so the odds that you have these is extremely unlikely.

Odds are you probably have “Local Disk (C:)”, and possibly “Recovery (E:)”.

These are the HDDs we covered in previous topics. But before we get into navigating the file system lets take a look at “Devices with Removable Storage”.

Devices with Removable Storage

This is where you will be able to see and access all removable storage.

This includes (but is not limited to)

-Floppy Disks




-Thumb Drives

-External HDDs


-Android Smartphones

As you can see in the above picture I have two DVD drives connected. So if I inserted a DVD in one of them, this is where I would be able to access it.

We’ll start to navigate the file system in the topic File System Continued. So go ahead and click on File System Continued on the navigation bar on the right.


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