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April 3, 2012

What Is Root Directory?

Question :
What is root directory? I am instructed to copy a file to root directory at this article ( but I can't seem to find it. Can you explain it in detail and tell me where can I find it?

Reply :
The root directory is the first or top-most directory in a hierarchy. It can be likened to the root of a tree — the starting point where all branches (other folders or sub-directories) originate. For example : The C:\ drive in your PC is root directory and folders inside it are called child or sub-directories. Similarly, D:\ , E:\ or any other drive are root directories.

In the case of sdcard it's a removable disk that is mounted in your PC. The first window you see by opening it is called root folder and in the article above, you are simply instructed to copy it to this folder and not inside any other folders within the /sdcard/ directory. You can even view this by using root explorer and navigating to root (usually denoted by /) directory.

For your information, you can simply ignore it and just copy and paste it inside sd-card you mounted in your PC.The above article asks you to do so because it is easier to find the file in recovery if you don't paste it inside other folders. Also, some recoveries might not let you navigate inside folders in recovery mode so, it is useful in such situation too.

Hope that was clear. If you still have doubts then this Wikipedia article on root directory should help you learn more.

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