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root directory

[′rüt di‚rek·trē]
(computer science)
The starting point in a hierarchical file system, where the system operates when it is first started.

root directory

(file system)
The topmost node of a hierarchical file system.

root directory

The starting point in a hierarchical file system. In modern operating systems, access to the root directory (root folder) requires administrator privileges (see root level). Gaining access to a file in the hierarchy requires identifying all the directories/folders in the path from the root directory/folder to that file. In DOS and Windows, the command line symbol for the root directory is a backslash (\). In Unix/Linux, it is a slash (/). See path, tree, hierarchical file system and file system.
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PartNum;//partition number //Step2: Get the contents of Root Directory (ID 0x00) cmdResponse = Get_Dir(DeviceAddr, DriveNum, 0x00); CommandId = cmdResponse.
Basically, these recovery programs allow replacement of the missing byte of information in the file name with a new character to make the file name complete in the root directory.
In some cases the batch file can return to the root directory and recall the menu when it's time to start working with another program.
PageScreamer enables content developers with minimal technical knowledge to quickly scroll through the Web server root directory or individual files and identify and correct non-compliant images, objects and applets.
Depending on the first character of the filename, the virus copies this file in the C: drive root directory or the "Windows" or "Program Files" directory.
LOG file at the root of the partition containing the system root directory.
In this case, the program only knows that it should direct files to the root directory of drive H:.