I have a used 3TB SATA hard drive kicking around that I am planning to use as a replacement in a Win 7 box.
I don't need all this capacity so was I thinking if I format it to 1TB I would increase the reliability. My thinking behind this is based on the following thoughts:
- There would be more physical 'breathing space' between each sector/track.
- When bad sectors are found, there be a larger pool of unallocated sectors to bring into use.
Are my assumptions true?
If my assumptions are not true then what happens to all the unused space? Does the hard drive still format to the same physical dimensions; thus would my 1TB drive still be squeezing sectors onto the platter as if it were formatted to 3TB.