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

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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Mandriva was the first distro to make partitioning the hard drive mortal friendly.

Mandrake Linux 7.0 was when they first released it and I recall thinking "Holy crap, this thing needs to be sold separately"

I went so far as to use the install disk up to the partition step to repartition my hard drives for a while.

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