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Old 07-24-2001, 09:47 PM   #1
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is a cd rom drive considered a hard disk?


This is a stupid question, but is a cd rom drive considered a hard drive? Thanks for any help that can be provided.

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Old 07-25-2001, 01:30 AM   #2
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no... remember, linux and unix treat everything, harddrives, cdroms, modems, ect, as if they were files and directories. the /mnt/cdrom point on the hard drive is a pointer (node) on the virtual file system to the cdrom. same applies for the serial ports - /dev/ttySx, /dev/mouse, ect. that way, any program can easily access the device given just the name of the file - the kernel does all the hardware stuff.
 
Old 07-26-2001, 02:24 PM   #3
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Oh Yeah! Foregot. STUPID ME! (head bangs on desk) Well, I said it was a stupid question!

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Old 07-27-2001, 03:19 AM   #4
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don't kill yourself banging your head... a stupid asked questions isn't nearly as bad as the stupid unasked question.
 
  


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