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EFI, SMI - what are the abbreviations?

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by eleganger, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. eleganger

    eleganger Guest

    I came across a problem with reusing ZFS disks for UFS. I couldn't
    format the disk properly, but eventually came across this topic
    'SunBlog: Changing a disk label (EFI / SMI)'
    (http://sunblog.mbrannigan.com/2007/03/removing-efi-label.html) which
    explained the whole matter and how to change back and forth between the
    two labels.

    However, I haven't found anywhere what the abbreviations EFI and SMI
    actually mean. What are these three letter acronyms?
    eleganger, Dec 10, 2007
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  2. eleganger

    Jon Guest

    The abbreviation EFI is for Extensible Firmware Interface while I
    think SMI is from Sun Microsystem Inc.
    Jon, Dec 11, 2007
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    gerryt Guest

    You mean SMI acronym or EFI acronym on Google didnt work for you?
    gerryt, Dec 12, 2007
  4. eleganger

    eleganger Guest

    gerryt - yes, "acronym efi" and "acronym smi" on Google hadn't worked
    for my, because I hadn't tried it (I did try "define SMI" and "define
    EFI" which returned other results). Thanks for the tip, I will use it
    the next time I need an acronym expanded.

    So, SMI stands for *Sun Microsystems Inc*, while EFI stands for
    *Extensible Firmware Interface*. I did find the EFI article on Wikipedia
    before I posted here, but I wasn't convinced that a BIOS replacement
    originated by Intel was the same EFI as in *EFI disk label*.
    eleganger, Dec 13, 2007
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