On Fri, 30 Apr 2004 P at draigBrady.com wrote:
> The fact is that for grub the MBR is disk agnostic.
Is it? AIUI, the grub MBR has the location on disk of the stage-1.5
fs loader hard coded into it (just as the lilo second stage
(chain.b?) in the bootblock had the location of the kernel image hard
coded into it).
> Personally I build up a disk image in a file which can be copied
> onto IDE/SCSI/CF disks.
Including MBR, right? The location of the 1.5 stage to the MBR is
constant, however, the C/H/S could vary between disks surely? Perhaps
grub is cleverer about translating its offset-to-stage-1.5 to C/H/S
than lilo¹ is, but I'm reasonably certain changing C/H/S would break
lilo boots. (cant remember for sure though. It _definitely_ breaks
the Windows NT second stage bootloader though).
1. LILO usually stores C/H/S, unless linear is specified iirc. Which
obviously would break if geometry changes.
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