The mysterious case of reader H appearing



Q. As part of computer maintenance, I regularly use drive optimizer on my Windows 10 computer. Today, for the first time, a drive appeared as H drive along with my C and D drive. I have no idea what this drive is! Can you please educate me on the function of this player?

A. Almost every Windows computer you will see has two primary drives. Drive C, which houses the operating system, your applications, and all of your personal files.

The other drive you see most often is drive D, and it’s usually the CD / DVD ROM drive. Although many modern computers are sold without a DVD drive, they are not used as much for installing software or storing files.

After these two drives, the most common thing you’ll see are drive letters that refer to external storage devices. This includes external hard drives and USB drives, also known as USB drives.

Check your USB ports. I’m assuming you have an external or storage device connected to your system.

If you don’t see anything attached, it could also be your printer. Some printers also have storage space, which may appear as an external drive if the printer is connected with a USB cable.

Q. What is a system BIOS and do some recommend updating it?

A. BIOS stands for Basic Input Output System and is the software built into your motherboard.

BIOS is what allows your computer to start up and then communicate with the operating system so that all of your applications can interact with your computer hardware.

BIOS lets Windows know the size of your hard drive, how much memory is installed, and what type of peripherals you have.

The reason you might want to update the system BIOS is that the manufacturer will often release updates that can improve performance and security.

A BIOS update is much like a driver update, but it should be applied to the computer the first time it starts up and before the operating system loads.

You can check with your computer manufacturer if they have an updated BIOS patch for your PC and download it from their site.

The installation usually takes place while you are on Windows, but will restart the computer to apply it.

It can be tricky, however. And if it’s not done correctly, you could end up shutting down your computer altogether.

I recommend caution and even asking for help if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing when it comes to updating the BIOS.

Most computer users don’t tend to update it unless something goes wrong.

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