Sharing Data Sets Among Different Program Products That Share the Same Hard Disk
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
The disclosed method for sharing common data sets among different programs sharing the same hard disk allows program products to differ, even as to operating systems, while minimizing the total space needed to store the total set of required data sets. The method also allows suitably-programmed applications to access a different hard file partition for the purpose of accessing and converting data for use by the current program product. In general, program products on small business/personal computer systems treat a hard disk similar to a very large diskette storage device. When a hard disk is partitioned among program products, each program product will normally have access only to its own partition, and system programming will normally prevent access to other partitions.