The device drivers involved in managing a particular storage device are collectively known as a storage stack. Figure 9-3 shows each type of driver that might be present in a stack and includes a brief description of its 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.)
Figure 9-3. Windows storage stack
As you saw in Chapter 4, “Management Mechanisms,” in Part 1, Winload is the Windows operating system file that conducts the first portion of the Windows boot process. Although Winload isn’t technically part of the ...