USB Drives Displaying Two Drive Letters
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The October 2009 Challenge:
Some of the readers who write to me aren't IT pros; they're users who are studying IT with the hope of creating a new career path, or they're users with a high level of curiosity about computers. Many of their questions are interesting, especially when they tell me, "Our IT director couldn't explain this."
I've received a number of messages from users who wanted to know why they see two new drive letters on the computer when they insert a USB flash drive. Would you be one of the IT pros who could explain this?
Question #1: Some USB flash drives have two drive letters because:
A. The manufacturer partitions the drive so you can separate the files you preload from the files you copy from a client/user computer.
B. The manufacturer creates a read-only partition that is preloaded with software you can launch from the flash drive.
C. The manufacturer creates a read-only partition to hold the drivers you need to use the flash drive on various versions of Windows.
Question #2: Windows sees the partitions as:
A. One CD and one removable drive.
B. Two CD drives.
C. Two removable drives.
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September 2009 Reader Challenge Winner
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#1: B These flash drives are U3 flash drives.
#2: A (the fact that Windows sees a CD is what launches the autorun feature when you insert the flash drive into a USB port).