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Microsoft® Windows® Internals: Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000, 4th Edition by David A. Solomon, Mark E. Russinovich

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Disk Drivers

The device drivers involved in managing a particular storage device are collectively known as a storage stack. Figure 10-1 shows each type of driver that might be present in a stack and includes a brief description of their purpose. This chapter describes the behavior of device drivers below the file system layer in the stack. (The file system driver operation is described in Chapter 12.)

Windows storage stack

Figure 10-1. Windows storage stack

Ntldr

As you saw in Chapter 4, Ntldr is the Windows operating system file that conducts the first portion of the Windows boot process. Although Ntldr isn't technically part of the storage stack, it is involved with storage ...

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