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The Linux Operating System uses /dev/sda1, /dev/xvda1, etc., to identify block storage devices. From looking at their names, what's the difference between these two devices?

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The /dev/sda device is provided for support of legacy devices and installations that don't understand Xen native virtual disks. The /dev/xvda1 device is the native device and the one you should use.

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