What Is Root Directory?

October 9, 2023

A root directory is the top-level directory or folder in a hierarchical file system. It is the starting point for organizing and accessing all files and directories on a computer or storage device. In most file systems, the root directory is represented by a forward slash ("/") on Unix-like operating systems (including Linux and macOS) or by a backslash ("\") on Windows systems.

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