IDEDOS is a hard disk formatting scheme designed for ZX Spectrum computers and clones.
Note: The following is not an official specification, it has been reverse engineered from hard disk images and information collected from various sources. The labels given to bytes are entirely arbitrary and should not be taken as the official labels.
The IDEDOS System Partition
The IDEDOS System Partition is normally the first partition on the drive located at Cylinder 0, Head 0, Sector 1 (C0/H0/S1). The specification also allows placing the system partition at Cylinder 0, Head 1, Sector 1 (C0/H1/S1) to allow an MS-DOS Master Boot Record to be present.
The IDEDOS System Partition contains the Partition Table for the drive. The Partition Table consists of a number of Partition Table Entries each 64 bytes long containing the partition type, location, size, and additional type specific information.
The first partition entry in the table describes the IDEDOS System Partition itself and contains information about the drive geometry and initialisation information for the +3e system ROMs
Partition Table Entry Format
All partition table entries conform to the following structure
IDEDOS Partition entry - 64 bytes 0x0000 PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN 0x0010 PT SC SC SH EC EC EH LS LS LS LS XX XX XX XX XX 0x0020 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX 0x0030 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX Key: PN: partition name. 16 byte unterminated text string. PT: partition type. SC: starting cylinder. 16 bit little endian word. SH: starting head. EC: ending cylinder. 16 bit little endian word. EH: ending head. LS: largest logical sector. 32 bit little endian word. XX: partition type specific data.
There are numerous partition types defined
0x00: unused partition 0x01: system partition (see above) 0x02: swap partition 0x03: +3DOS partition (see above) 0x04: CP/M partition 0x05: boot partition 0x0F: movie partition 0x10: FAT16 partition 0x20: UZI(X) partition 0x30: TR-DOS disk image 0x31: +D/SAMDOS disk image 0x32: MB-02 disk image 0x40: ZX Spectrum +3 disk image 0x41: Elwro 800 Junior disk image 0x48: Amstrad CPC disk image 0x49: Amstrad PCW disk image 0xFE: bad disk space 0xFF: free disk space
The IDEDOS System Partition Partition Table Entry
The first partition entry in the partition table is the IDEDOS system partition. The starting head and ending head are either zero or one depending on where the partition table has been written. The drive geometry is written in the type specific data in the bytes 0x0020 to 0x0027
0x0000 50 4C 55 53 49 44 45 44 4F 53 20 20 20 20 20 20 partition name "PLUSIDEDOS " 0x0010 01 00 00 SH 00 00 EH LS LS LS LS ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 0x0020 NC NC NH ST SC SC MP MP BA EA ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 0x0030 DD ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Key: NC: number of cylinders available to IDEDOS. 16 bit little endian word. NH: number of heads. ST: number of sectors per track. SC: number of sectors per cylinder (equal to NH * ST). 16 bit little endian word. MP: maximum partition. 16 bit little endian word. BA: +3e boot colour attribute byte EA: +3 BASIC editor attribute byte DD: plus3dos default drive letter ??: unknown
Partition Type 0x03 - +3DOS
The +3e ROMs create partitions of type 0x03 i.e. +3DOS partitions. The type specific data portion of the Partition Entries for these partitions contain a +3DOS XDPB (eXtended Disc Parameter Block) between 0x0020 to 0x003A and also the +3DOS drive letter to which the partition has been mapped (if any)
0x0000 PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN PN 0x0010 03 SC SC SH EC EC EH LS LS LS LS ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 0x0020 DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP 0x0030 DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP DP ?? ?? DL ?? ?? ?? Key: DP: +3DOS extended disk parameter block byte DL: plus3dos drive letter ??: unknown
Partition Type 0xFF - Free Space
The last populated partition entry in the table is type 0xFF. A Type 0xFF partition entry as created by the +3e ROMs is all blank except for the type byte and the location and size information. The type specific information is not used.