Why Do I Need To Know What’s On My C Drive?

A reader had a question about my tip for checking out the contents of the C drive on your PC.

“I hope this doesn’t sound stupid, but I honestly know; why do I need to know what is on my C drive?”

Smart people ask questions when they don’t understand something. That’s how they get smart.

Let’s look at what you see when you bring your C drive up in File Explorer. The C drive is normally the main hard drive for your PC. That’s not the name of the main hard drive on every PC, but on most of them it is.

As you can see from the list of files, I can see Apps, Program Files, Drivers, Users, and more.

Most of the time, this is not where you’d go looking for apps or drivers. However, when problems arise, this is where you’d go to remove stubborn pieces of program that won’t delete or get rid of a misbehaving driver. Sometimes you have to get down into several layers of program files to find something problematic.

For example, if I wanted to share folders between two users, I would click on Users.


Then the Public folder.


In the Public folder I’d choose find Documents, Downloads, and Music. Simply copy and paste files or folders into the Public folder or drop and drag them.


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