Friday, May 24, 2013

Partition Tables

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These describe the various partitions on the disk: where they start, how big they are, what type they are. The MBR contains a partition table. 
Partition can be considered as a piece of disk space, which is marked thereby runs on some operating system. Partition table is located at the first sector (cylinder 0, head 0 and sector 1, MBR) of each hard disk. It memorizes information about sizes and locations of partitions on hard disk. The partition information is started on offset 1BEH of master boot sector. Each partition entry is 16 bytes long. The total partition table is 64 bytes long. Then partition table is limited to a maximum of 4 entries. That is, there is a maximum of 4 partitions, which is called primary partition and can be created on hard disk.

If Dynamic disks are used the partition table explanation as described here does not apply anymore.