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Sean, please don't mix up UEFI and EFI. My mainboard has traditional BIOS and EFI. I can use GPT as UEFI users can. thumb.gif

Alright thanks, I'll put in that some mobo's have a BIOS and a EFI booting option.

That good? smile.gif
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Alright thanks, I'll put in that some mobo's have a BIOS and a EFI booting option.
That good? smile.gif

Well, I was mainly referring to the section : "Info on GPT and why to use it!"

I would just replace "UEFI" with "EFI". thumb.gif
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Hi Sean,

Regarding the alignment guide (MBR specifically, I'm not going to bother with GPT so haven't read it too thoroughly), step 2 says to click on 'Repair your computer', then 'System recovery options' etc to get to a command prompt. Isn't it possible to just press shift-F10 at the 'Install Now' screen to get a command prompt? After all, some people (ie me!) might not have a current installation to repair.

Also, I'll be erasing my HD using Parted Magic prior to starting, so is step 10 ('Clean') necessary?

And sorry one more thing, is 4096 alignment suitable for regular HDDs as well (in my case a 1tb Samsung F3)? Or better to stick to default 1024? EDIT!! Just found out The Samsung F3 HD103SJ drive is not an advanced format drive so will stick to the defaults for this.

Thanks!
Edited by iSeries - 11/11/11 at 10:42am
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Hi Sean,
Regarding the alignment guide (MBR specifically, I'm not going to bother with GPT so haven't read it too thoroughly), step 2 says to click on 'Repair your computer', then 'System recovery options' etc to get to a command prompt. Isn't it possible to just press shift-F10 at the 'Install Now' screen to get a command prompt? After all, some people (ie me!) might not have a current installation to repair.
Also, I'll be erasing my HD using Parted Magic prior to starting, so is step 10 ('Clean') necessary?
And sorry one more thing, is 4096 alignment suitable for regular HDDs as well (in my case a 1tb Samsung F3)? Or better to stick to default 1024? EDIT!! Just found out The Samsung F3 HD103SJ drive is not an advanced format drive so will stick to the defaults for this.
Thanks!

Yes, 4096 is also the optimal alignment for HDDs like the Samsung F3 HD103SJ.
post #505 of 5384
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Hi Sean,

Regarding the alignment guide (MBR specifically, I'm not going to bother with GPT so haven't read it too thoroughly), step 2 says to click on 'Repair your computer', then 'System recovery options' etc to get to a command prompt. Isn't it possible to just press shift-F10 at the 'Install Now' screen to get a command prompt? After all, some people (ie me!) might not have a current installation to repair.

Also, I'll be erasing my HD using Parted Magic prior to starting, so is step 10 ('Clean') necessary?

And sorry one more thing, is 4096 alignment suitable for regular HDDs as well (in my case a 1tb Samsung F3)? Or better to stick to default 1024? EDIT!! Just found out The Samsung F3 HD103SJ drive is not an advanced format drive so will stick to the defaults for this.

Thanks!

Yep, all you need to do is hit shift + F10, I just have been busy and the site was down and I am still trying to figure the new layout out lol. Everything will be adjusted thank you for pointing that out. thumb.gif

And like kevin said 4096 is fine for the HDD too. smile.gif

And the "clean" doesn't need to be performed if you clean erase, I don't think. All it does is get rid of the partitions.
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clean [all]

Use the clean command to remove partition or volume formatting from the current in-focus disk by zeroing sectors. By default, only the MBR or GPT partitioning information and any hidden sector information on MBR disks is overwritten. If you specify the all parameter, each and every sector can be zeroed, and all data that is contained on the drive can be deleted.
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Thanks guys!

Are you definitely sure about the 4k alignment for the Samsung F3 HD103SJ? All I have read so far tells me that this is not 4k sector advanced format drive and so I probably should not format it as such?

E.g. http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1600059
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Thanks guys!

Are you definitely sure about the 4k alignment for the Samsung F3 HD103SJ? All I have read so far tells me that this is not 4k sector advanced format drive and so I probably should not format it as such?

E.g. http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1600059
Yep, it doesn't matter as long as the # is an integer and something else. But yea, I have my grandma's old 6 year HDD using 4k alignment and it works fine, no performance loss or gain, but seems snappier lol

And remember though your HDD is 512byte sectors, Windows 7 default aligns to 1024. lol
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Hey sean, threads looking good mate!
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Hey sean, threads looking good mate!

Thanks, still in the never ending process of editing the looks and info in it lol. thumb.gif
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Thanks, still in the never ending process of editing the looks and info in it lol. thumb.gif

Any word on the rep stuff? I should be at 433?
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