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If they use 4k why report 512? these are the ones i got as well.

better compatibility? (just a guess) as far as I can tell the benefits are mainly hardware based (more data space for disk space)
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Originally Posted by therock003 View Post

If they use 4k why report 512? these are the ones i got as well.

better compatibility? (just a guess) as far as I can tell the benefits are mainly hardware based (more data space for disk space)
I don't know why they do it. When Advanced Format WD Greens first came out (4k sectors, reports 512b), the linux message boards were humming. All the partitioning tools and stuff had to be updated because the drives were reporting 512b - the annoyance was, if they had reported 4k sectors the tools wouldn't have needed to be updated at all.

That said, my 4K native Hitachi acted really funky under WinXP. Maybe it is for better backwards compatibility, with what was the most common OS at the time of their release?

Note: In regards to being Advanced Format, the only difference between the WD Greens and the Seagates is the misalignment detection/correction in the firmware. Both are using 4k sectors but reporting 512b.
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Fresh Update. I just powered up for the first time these new SG 3TB drives i got a couple of weeks back (hadn't got time to do it then), and it seems they are 4k native as well, and i have 3TB on 1 partition on MBR.

Fsutil command even reports 4k per sector.cluster/segment.



So could it be that Hitach arent the only ones with 4K native? :confused

PS. So i guess i wont necessarily have to convert them to GPT as well?
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It's still not a bad idea to use GPT. I use GPT on my Windows desktop
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