Program to find all logical partitions and their information
The program we discussed earlier was to read the partition information from the partition table of MBR. But just only by reading the MBR, we can not get the information of other logical partitions which are in extended partition of the disk.
We have already discussed that the Master Boot Record has the limit of four entries in the Master Partition Table. However the location of Extended Master Boot Record can be obtained with the help of Master Boot Record that contains Extended Partition Tables, whose format is exactly the same as of the main Partition Table.
All the extended partitions should exist within the space reserved by the extended partition entry. Only two of the extended partitions are meant to be used, the first as a normal partition and the second as another extended partition if exists.
Thus with the help of one Master Partition Table We can get the location of another Extended Master Partition Table next to it, if present.
The following program is for finding all the logical partitions and their partition entry information, reading MBR and Extended MBRs from the disk. The coding of the program is as follows:
/* Program to read the parameters of all logical
partition present in the disk */
char buffer, report_par;
unsigned drive_num =0x80;
unsigned long star_sec, sec;
/* Structure of Disk Address packet format, to be used by the readabsolutesectors Function */
char packetsize ; /* Size of Packet, generally 10H */
char reserved ; /* Reserved (0) */
int blockcount ; /* Number of Blocks to Transfer */
char far *bufferaddress ; /* address to Transfer
unsigned long blocknumber ; /* Starting Absolute
Block Number */
no_par = 0;
printf(" \n\n Total Partitions in Disk = %d\n ",
printf("\n Starting Sector Number of Partition %d =
%lu " , i+1, star_sec[i]);
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