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    SubjectRe: e2fs block to physical block translation
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    [Al Peat]
    > Quick question about blocks:
    >
    > If I assume my hard drive uses 512 blocks, and my
    > ext2 filesystem uses 4k blocks, can I assume the
    > following formula for translation?
    >
    > physical block # / 8 = e2fs block #

    Not if you have a partition table. If you take into account the
    individual partition offset, I think your formula is ok.

    On a floppy (no partition table) you'd be fine.

    It's not always that easy, of course. Think of RAID (logical block
    mapping can be a complex formula), LVM (the mapping is stored in a
    table in the volume group metadata), CD-ROMs (what exactly do you mean
    by "block"...?) and other such.

    Peter
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