Re: NTFS partitions show up as OS/2 partitions.

H. Peter Anvin (
3 Dec 1998 20:51:27 GMT

Followup to: <>
By author: "Edward S. Marshall" <>
In newsgroup:
> Microsoft, in their ultimate wisdom, thought it would be a good idea to
> assign the same partition magic number to NTFS that HPFS used. All fdisk
> sees is that number.
> So, there's no way to (at the partition level) tell the difference between
> NTFS and HPFS. Thanks, Bill.

No, it's not the magic number, it's the partition ID. NTFS and HPFS
actually have real magic numbers rather than using the single-byte
partition ID in the partition table. This is the Right Thing[TM].


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