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I've been working on cleaning up my system, which includes formatting & error checking HDD's, and I'm about to do one of my Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drives.

What I was wondering is whether there's an ideal allocation size, when formatting a drive for maximum performance? Should I take into consideration its sector and cache size when choosing how to format it?

Info: 16MB Cache, 512kb sectors (I think), 500GB. It does have the latest firmware.
Edited by Dirtyworks - 3/4/11 at 1:10pm
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When you mean allocation of size you mean partitioned off for the os? Basically your short stroking it down. If your looking for a preformance increase seek times then 15% of the total size of the hdd is what most would suggest.
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