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Re: disk vs partition numbering

From: adrian15
Subject: Re: disk vs partition numbering
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 11:09:59 +0100
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On Wednesday 13 December 2006 09:59, adrian15 wrote:
> For them their first hard disk (Who is going to have a zero-hard disk in
> the real world. It has no sense) is C:, but you could name it 1.
> And when they partition their hard disk they suppose that the first cut
> it is the 1 not the 0.

And you could name it 0.

This is in computing world... but if you go to a building you go to the ground floor or to the 1st floor but you not do go to the 0th floor!

> About your arguments... mine are: Grub2 users are not unix OS or its
> sysadmins but Windows ones. Grub2 should address to this kind of users
> in my opinnion.

Hmm... I don't agree that most users are Windows users. AFAIK, most Windows users stick to the default selector (ntldr), and does not try to see how GRUB works at all.

When I talked about Windows users I was talking about Windows users that do not stick the Windows but the ones that migrates, and thus dual boot with Gnu/Linux.

But you are comparing apples with oranges here. What Windows does is to count only partitions for hard disks and count only disk for floppy disks and CD/DVD drives. C: is not a disk. It is a partition that Windows can recognize as a primary partition. D: is a second partition, regardless of whether it is in the same disk as C: or in next disk, or in next next disk. So you cannot compare GRUB's scheme with Windows' simply.

Yes. You're right. So.. please compare the building floors scheme (what everyone understands) with hard disks and partitions.

Personally, I think it is really unfortunate that the way of Windows is of no use. Really no use. If Windows were not that crap, everybody else could follow the same way, and everybody would be quite happy.

I am of the same opinnion. :)
I suppose the MS-DOS original developer (that one that Bill bought the OS with little money) thought that letters were less scary for identifying devices.



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