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RE: Move NTFS partitions ?

From: Szakacsits Szabolcs
Subject: RE: Move NTFS partitions ?
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 20:30:07 +0300 (MET DST)

On Mon, 19 Sep 2005, David Balazic wrote:
From: Szakacsits Szabolcs [mailto:address@hidden

On Fri, 9 Sep 2005, David Balazic wrote:

When will parted support moving ntfs partitions?
Moving shouldn't change the content anyway, so it should
be simply. Or am I missing something ?

If the partition is a boot/system partition then

 - the "hidden sectors" field in the BPB must be adjusted accordingly

 - if the place of the new partition changes in the partition
table then
   additional modifications are needed e.g. to boot.ini, etc

Yes, but this is true for FAT too, isn't it ?

Yes and I suspect some of the FAT related problems are due to these. These issues happened less often when disks were smaller and they manifest more often as they grow.

FAT has also lower size limits which may prevent seeing this problem more often.

Another issue is that while FAT is very simple, only about 2-3,000 lines of code, NTFS is over 250,000 (and though all required code exists and it's stable but the task overall is relatively too laborious and far not the most requested).


 - files and the related NTFS metadata used during boot must be in the
   actually set BIOS addressable range

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