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    Q: boot sector

    I've been around the world using wiki and google and a tonne of other resources. I have three simple questions. Is a BOOT SECTOR the same as a BOOT PARTITION? Is the BOOT PARTITION inside a primary partition? Is the BOOT PARTITION a separate partition from the primary or extended partitions?

    edit: can one conceptualise the MASTER BOOT RECORD like its own "partition", so to speak?

    all help appreciated.

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    Linux Engineer rcgreen's Avatar
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    The Master Boot Record is the very first sector of a hard drive.
    The first part of it is actual machine code. It runs like any
    other program. Its job is to find the kernel of the Operating
    System, and read it into memory, and begin its execution.

    The other thing in that sector is the Partition Table, consisting
    of four fields of data describing four Primary partitions.
    The Master Boot Record (MBR) is not a partition itself.

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