Advanced Format refers to hard drives that use sector sizes of greater than 512 bytes. Most AF drives use 4096 byte sectors.

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2 minutes delay before booting Windows 7

I upgraded my notebook with a new HGST 1TB hard disk instead of the old 250 GB, which had Debian Wheezy, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows XP Professional installed. I partitioned the new disk with ...
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It seems OS calculates partitions' sizes/boundaries differently while hdd connected via sata or usb adapter

I have kali linux installed on my laptop. Just've bought new drive (WD 500GB one) for it recently and used combined knowledge from these two guides: http://bremford.org/tips/MigrateDiskInUbuntu.html ...
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Extended partition does not start on physical sector boundary on 512e (emulated 4k) hard-drive

My fdisk -l output tells me that my extended partition (sda4) is misaligned. But partitions inside it are aligned (their start sector is divisible by 8). Will the misaligned extended partition somehow ...
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Is it safe to force a dismount to format a volume in Windows?

I am using format command in cmd to format a USB flash drive. M:\>format /FS:FAT32 /Q Required parameter missing - M:\>format M: /FS:FAT32 /Q Insert new disk for drive M: and press ENTER when ...
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Cloning a 512 sector size to Advanced Format WD Black drive

I have a old WD Black drive that is not Advanced Format. Due to it having one bad sector in a unused area I need to clone it to a new hard drive to avoid losing data. Unfortunately the same model of ...
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What defines the signature of a bootsector?

I've attempted to simplify the question, by getting at the gist of the problem: What exactly makes the "first sector" of a device the "bootsector?" Is the bootsector a logical sector, a physical ...
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4k hard drives freebsd gpart and zfs

I have 3 hdd, with the next camcotrol identify. root@cirmos:/root # camcontrol identify ada1 pass2: <WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 80.00A80> ATA-8 SATA 3.x device pass2: 300.000MB/s transfers (SATA 2.x, ...
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3TB HDD showing 512 logical sector size when connected via SATA

I have a Seagate Expansion 3TB external hard drive with data on it, and I wanted to get at the drive inside the enclosure and make it an internal drive. I'm using Windows 8, so the drive was being ...
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Bitlocker won't initialize on a 4TB drive with 4K sectors

I'm trying to enable BitLocker on a 4TB drive with 4K physical sectors (Advanced Format) on a 64-bit Windows 7 box with SP1. The drive is partitioned GPT (1 partition using all of the available ...
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Hard Drive Advance Format 512e Compatibility with 4K Native OS

I would like to understand the compatibility of the Advance Format drives with existing OS's, particularly if the Hard Drive has 512 emulation (AF 512e). I understand the basics of how the 512 ...
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Partitioning Options for Advanced Format drive

I bought two 2TB advanced format drives. One of them is a 2TB WD Caviar Green WD20EARX, the other is a 2TB Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001. I have the following questions: What is the best partition ...
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Windows 7, raid 1 with advanced format drive

I had a nice software raid 1 (using windows 7 raid) working when one of my drives failed. I replaced it by another one (WD blue 1 TB) which uses 4k sectors, and this makes windows unhappy (Cannot ...
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What is my miniport's service name?

i am trying to query the physical sector size of my drive using fsutil: C:\Windows\system32>fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo c: NTFS Volume Serial Number : 0x78cc11b2cc116c1e Version : ...
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Partition table independent of sector size

The plot I have a WD10JPVT 1Tb disk inside an IcyBox IB-290StUS-B USB/esata enclosure. When I connect the disk via USB, I get a 512 logical / 512 physical sector size. When I connect the disk via ...
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Is it safe to overwrite LBA 2-2047

So back when I used WUBI before settling on using a VM, GRUB was installed (but I messed it up and had to reinstall everything (luckily I backed up)). That was back when I used Vista which starts at ...
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Is it possible to set the logical sector size of a USB HDD?

I have two supposedly identical 3TB Western Digital USB HDDs. One contains nearly the full 3TB of data. I want the other to be a backup of that data. There are lots of small files, so running cp would ...
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MacOSX: Truecrypt partition on HDDs with larger sector size than 512 bytes

I have an external USB 3.0 HDD which uses a sector size larger than 512 bytes (4kB). In Linux, I created a truecrypt encrypted partition on it, which works fine on any Linux or Windows Computer. ...
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How would I force Debian to use the physical sector size on a hard disk?

I just purchased a few new 3TB WD drives. These have physical 4k sectors, but there is some sort of layer which is providing 512B logical sectors (see the partition table below). In order to attempt ...
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Getting advanced format drives to like new?

I have 5 2TB WD Green (WD20EARX) drives that I eventually want to put into software RAID 5. I can't seem to find a complete guide on getting these drives prepared for use with Ubuntu (mdadm) that ...
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logical sector size changes depending on whether it is attached via USB or direct SATA

I have a 3TB WD disk (in a My Book Essential external drive.) I used parted under Linux to partition it with a GPT disklabel and loaded it up with data from my laptop through the USB cable. Then I ...
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Migrate Win7 upgrade from 63 sector to 4096 sector advanced format disk

If I use the Windows 7 backup on a system that has the 63 sector starting location and restore it to an advanced format 4096 sector system, will the restore create the starting sector at 63 or 4096?
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Advanced format partition alignment

I cloned a non Advanced Format drive (W7 64bit) to a new hard drive (Seagate) that was AF, the software I used supposedly does not support 4k very well (Todo Backup Free 3.5). Is there a Windows ...
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Why is my magnetic hard drive exceedingly slow?

Writes to my WD Caviar Green 2TB hard drive are exceedingly slow. When dpkg is setting up packages atop reports speeds of between 0.5 and 1 MB/s. AHCI is enabled in my bios. I bought the drive new. ...
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How do I test to see if all writes to my hard drive are aligned to its 4k sectors?

I'm using Linux with 4 hard drives that use 4k sectors. There are several layers between my filesystem and the raw devices: Disks > Linux Raid 5 > dm-crypt > LVM. Every resource I have found has ...
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Performance of RAID 5 with mdadm

I have set up a software-raid 5 with mdadm on a 1.3 GHz AMD Neo 36L dual core machine using 3 1.5 TB Seagate Barracude Green drives (4k sectors). The chunk size of the raid is 512 KB. On top of the ...
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Are there partition recovery software available that support 4k sector drives?

I have several 2TB Western Digital EARS hard drives in my WHS 2011 server that suddenly became "not initialized". I'm currently trying TestDisk, but after one quick analyze I get the following ...
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How to Clone Win7 from 512b sectors to 4096b sectors

I'm using a new Thinkpad and I'm trying to upgrade the drive from a 250GB to a 640GB. I grabbed a WD Scorpio Blue and a ByteCC USB/SATA adapter. First I tried booting Linux and doing a dd ...
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Is my OCZ SSD aligned correctly?

I have an OCZ Agility 2 SSD with 40 GB of space. I use it as a system drive in Debian Linux ("Squeeze") and in my opinion it's really fast. I've read a lot on aligning partitions and file systems, and ...
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Are 4k sectors more efficient for hard disk data transfer?

I have just obtained two hard drives which use 4k sectors, but report their physical sector size to the OS as only 512 bytes. Does this mean that the OS must send eight requests to the drive to read ...
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Filesystem config for 4k sector drive that reports 512 byte sectors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Western Digital Green drive from 512 byte sectors (jumpered) to 4k byte sectors (removal of jumper) I have just purchased two Western Digital WD20EARS disks and ...
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Can Windows XP be installed on a partition that starts at sector 64 (on Advanced Format 4k drives)?

I could manually create 4k aligned partition (with linux tools, eg. live cd), that would start at LBA sector 64 (not at sector 63 as default in Windows XP installer). I do not remember, but I guess ...
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Does the advanced format tool bundled by manufacturers actually do anything which mkntfs doesn't?

I recently bought a new drive (specifically, a 2TB Samsung Spinpoint) that says on the label that it supports advanced format, and that I should download the tool from their site. Unless I'm missing ...