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Disk Geometry

  • A. J. Sammes
  • B. L. Jenkinson
Part of the Practitioner Series book series (PRACT.SER.)

Abstract

In Chapter 5 we look in detail at the geometry of floppy and hard disk drives to find out exactly how information is stored and how it might be hidden. The topics we are going to consider are:
  • The development of the hard disk

  • Physical construction — heads, tracks and cylinders

  • Formation of addressable elements

  • Encoding methods and formats for floppy disks

  • Encoding methods and formats for hard disks

  • The formatting process

  • Hard disk interfaces

  • IDE/ATA problems and workarounds

  • The boot sequence and POST

  • The master boot record and partitions

  • Directories and file systems

  • Hiding information

Keywords

Hard Disk Direct Memory Access Floppy Disk Cyclic Redundancy Check Disk Geometry 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Sammes
    • 1
  • B. L. Jenkinson
  1. 1.Department of Informatics and Simulation, Royal Military College of ScienceCranfield UniversityShrivenham, Swindon, WiltshireUK

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