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Re: GPT/UEFI booting (Robert Nestor) writes:

>The ?hd? nomenclature has always seemed a bit confusing to me and makes me think it came from the Linux world.  But in the case here with GPT disk setup it really seems to be making sense to me now.

The bootloader has no own drivers, it talks to the firmware (BIOS, UEFI, ...)
and you have to specify the disk in terms the firmware understands. So hd0a
is the first partition on the first hard disk known by the firmware.

                                Michael van Elst
                                "A potential Snark may lurk in every tree."

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