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Re: What is the partition scheme good for?

From: hansbkk
Subject: Re: What is the partition scheme good for?
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:55:14 +0700

On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM, Karl Schock <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello,
> in the the grub manual I read:
> "2 Naming convention ...
> (hd0,msdos2) ...
> the string 'msdos' indicates the partition scheme ..."
> "11.1 How to specify devices ...
> (device[,part-num][,bsd-subpart-letter]) ...
> part-num represents the partition number of device ..."
> So I guess the partition scheme is not necessary and I ask myself what is it 
> good for?
> Are there other schemes in addition to msdos? If so: Which ones and when do I 
> use them?

In the context of partitioning drives, "msdos" refers to traditional
MBR-style partitions, as created by fdisk et al, and used by all OSs,
not just that one.

The alternative is the new-fangled GPT type, appropriate for newer OSs
and larger hard drives.

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