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post Jan 19 2007, 03:44 PM
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QUOTE (jaclaz @ Jan 19 2007, 03:48 PM) *
Actually, if I may correct you (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) , driveletters are a serious design-error in DOS. (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/frusty.gif)

NO design was made regarding drives in Windows, not in Win9x/Me, nor in the NT/2K/XP/2003, Microsoft just KEPT the old design, most probably for compatibility purposes (that could well have been fixed by the use of inter-drive and inter-filesystem junction points or hard-links (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif) ).


Jaclaz - sure you are right - driveletters were introduced in DOS.
In those days when a typical box was built with one or two floppies and one harddisk no problems occured.
If you have only one disk it doesn't really matter if you address this a C: or as "/"

The difference appear when you add more and more devices ...
Linux has a much cleaner way to do this - they allways boot from / and add devices in a configurable way - look at the fstab.
NTFS-based Windows can do something like this as well - but it is much more complicated as the config-file is no plain text as it is hidden in registry - see HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices ...

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