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Method for Displaying Map of Minidisks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061256D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McCue, LF: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Some Personal Computer systems which employ a hard disk file for storage have the ability to create a minidisk which is merely a relatively small segment of the hard file storage capacity, but appears as a separate unit which has many, if not all, of the attributes of the larger file. In order to show the current state of the minidisk, a "SHOW" command is provided so the following information can be displayed to the operator before adding, changing, or deleting a minidisk. 1) Minidisk Name: Entry name for minidisk if recognized by the operating system. 2) Minidisk No.: Unique identifying number if recognized by the operating system. 3) Minidisk Type: Based on how minidisk is used in the system, e.g., Co-Processor, or Page space. 4) Logical Block Size: The size in bytes of the logical block.

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Method for Displaying Map of Minidisks

Some Personal Computer systems which employ a hard disk file for storage have the ability to create a minidisk which is merely a relatively small segment of the hard file storage capacity, but appears as a separate unit which has many, if not all, of the attributes of the larger file. In order to show the current state of the minidisk, a "SHOW" command is provided so the following information can be displayed to the operator before adding, changing, or deleting a minidisk. 1) Minidisk Name: Entry name for minidisk if recognized by the operating system.
2) Minidisk No.: Unique identifying number if recognized by the operating system. 3) Minidisk Type: Based on how minidisk is used in the system, e.g., Co-Processor, or Page space. 4) Logical Block Size: The size in bytes of the logical block. 5) Number of Blocks: Size of the minidisk in blocks. 6) Minidisk Location: Beginning, middle, or end 1/3 of the hard disk. 7) Mount Directory: Directory on which the minidisk is mounted. 8) Auto IPL: Whether or not the minidisk is IPLed when the system is turned on. 9) Auto Mount: Whether or not the minidisk is mounted when system is IPLed. 10) Read/Write Status: Whether or not the minidisk is automatically mounted with read/write or read only permission. Information on free space is supplied also. For free space, the logical block size, minidisk location, and number of blocks is also provided. The operator can invoke the SHOW command by...