FAT32 Features

FAT 32 Partition Types

The following table displays all valid partition types and their corresponding values for use in the Part_FileSystem member of the s_partition structure.

Partition Type Values

Value

Description

PART_UNKNOWN (00h)

Unknown

PART_DOS2_FAT (01h)

12-bit FAT

PART_DOS3_FAT (04h)

16-bit FAT. Partitions smaller than 32MB.

PART_EXTENDED (05h)

Extended MS-DOS Partition

PART_DOS4_FAT (06h)

16-bit FAT. Partitions larger than or equal to 32MB.

PART_DOS32 (0Bh)

32-bit FAT. Partitions up to 2047GB.

PART_DOS32X (0Ch)

Same as PART_DOS32 (0Bh), but uses Logical Block Address Int 13h extensions.

PART_DOSX13 (0Eh)

Same as PART_DOS4_FAT (06h), but uses Logical Block Address Int 13h extensions.

PART_DOSX13X (0Fh)

Same as PART_EXTENDED (05h), but uses Logical Block Address Int 13h extensions.

s_partition (FAT32)

ntfs notes

Values for head and track are 0-based. Sector values are 1-based. This structure is implemented in Windows OEM Service Release 2 and later.


s_partition    STRUC
    Part_BootInd        DB    ?
    Part_FirstHead      DB    ?
    Part_FirstSector    DB    ?
    Part_FirstTrack     DB    ?
    Part_FileSystem     DB    ?
    Part_LastHead       DB    ?
    Part_LastSector     DB    ?
    Part_LastTrack      DB    ?
    Part_StartSector    DD    ?
    Part_NumSectors     DD    ?
s_partition    ENDS

Members

Member Name

Description

Part_BootInd

Specifies whether the partition is bootable or not. This value could be set to PART_BOOTABLE (80h), or PART_NON_BOOTABLE(00h). The first partition designated as PART_BOOTABLE is the boot partition. All others are not. Setting multiple partitions to PART_BOOTABLE will result in boot errors.

Part_FirstHead

The first head of this partition. This is a 0-based number representing the offset from the beginning of the disk. The partition includes this head.

Part_FirstSector

The first sector of this partition. This is a 1-based, 6-bit number representing the offset from the beginning of the disk. The partition includes this sector. Bits 0 through 5 specify the 6-bit value; bits 6 and 7 are used with the Part_FirstTrack member.

Part_FirstTrack

The first track of this partition. This is an inclusive 0-based, 10-bit number that represents the offset from the beginning of the disk. The high 2 bits of this value are specified by bits 6 and 7 of the Part_FirstSector member.

PartFileSystem

Specifies the file system for the partition. The following are acceptable values:

Value

Description

PART_UNKNOWN(00h)

Unknown.

PART_DOS2_FAT(01h)

12-bit FAT.

PART_DOS3_FAT(04h)

16-bit FAT. Partition smaller than 32MB.

PART_EXTENDED(05h)

Extended MS-DOS Partition.

PART_DOS4_FAT(06h)

16-bit FAT. Partition larger than or equal to 32MB.

PART_DOS32(0Bh)

32-bit FAT. Partition up to 2047GB.

PART_DOS32X(0Ch)

Same as PART_DOS32(0Bh), but uses Logical Block Address Int 13h extensions.

PART_DOSX13(0Eh)

Same as PART_DOS4_FAT(06h), but uses Logical Block Address Int 13h extensions.

PART_DOSX13X(0Fh)

Same as PART_EXTENDED(05h), but uses Logical Block Address Int 13h extensions.

Part_LastHead

The last head of the partition. This is a 0-based number that represents the offset from the beginning of the disk. The partition includes the head specified by this member.

Part_LastSector

The last sector of this partition. This is a 1-based, 6-bit number representing offset from the beginning of the disk. The partition includes the sector specified by this member. Bits 0 through 5 specify the 6-bit value; bits 6 and 7 are used with the Part_LastTrack member.

Part_LastTrack

The last track of this partition. This is a 0-based, 10-bit number that represents offset from the beginning of the disk. The partition includes this track. The high 2 bits of this value are specified by bits 6 and 7 of the Part_LastSector member.

Part_StartSector

Specifies the 1-based number of the first sector on the disk. This value may not be accurate for extended partitions. Use the Part_FirstSector value for extended partitions.

Part_NumSectors

The 1-based number of sectors in the partition.

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