Linked by theosib on Sun 14th Feb 2010 10:45 UTC
Linux

Recently, I bought a pair of those new Western Digital Caviar Green drives. These new drives represent a transitional point from 512-byte sectors to 4096-byte sectors. A number of articles have been published recently about this, explaining the benefits and some of the challenges that we'll be facing during this transition. Reportedly, Linux should unaffected by some of the pitfalls of this transition, but my own experimentation has shown that Linux is just as vulnerable to the potential performance impact as Windows XP. Despite this issue being known about for a long time, basic Linux tools for partitioning and formatting drives have not caught up.

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bralkein
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2006-12-20

The fdisk man page (on my machine at least) contains a lengthy warning about how fdisk will quite happily create some pretty dodgy partition layouts and it recommends parted for doing anything even remotely unusual. I guess this falls into that category.

All the major noob-friendly distros use gparted for doing the partition editing, don't they? Will that protect users from these kinds of problem, then?

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