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My contribution about mapping from windows device names to unix device names is based on a foggy 2-year-old memory... I contributed the original to one of the former colinux wikis, but it seems to have been lost. GRRRR. I now need this information and have had to re-discover parts of it. But I'm not willing to do all the testing over again. If this info is wrong, hopefully someone will correct it here. I figure it is better to provide close-but-not-quite information than to leave people stumbling in the dark.


The most importend informations are

  • Windows starts with \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1 for first partition on hda
  • Windows counts only used partitions
  • Windows don't counts the extended partition
  • The filesystem does no matter for partition counts
  • hda is Harddisk0, hdb is Harddisk1, ...

So it's more simple: Create a table with list of used Partitions seen from Linux and write down a count for windows on other side, starts with Partition1

A example, only primary partitions

/dev/hda1          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
/dev/hda2          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition2
/dev/hda3          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition3

B example, one primary and 2 extended partitions

/dev/hda1          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
/dev/hda2          extended is hidden
/dev/hda5          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition2
/dev/hda6          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition3

C example, full 3 primaries and 2 extended partitions

/dev/hda1          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
/dev/hda2          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition2
/dev/hda3          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition3
/dev/hda4          extended is hidden
/dev/hda5          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition4
/dev/hda6          \Device\Harddisk0\Partition2
    simple count 1+ here ---------------------^
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