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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RE: Alter your output buffer size
by siride on Sun 14th Feb 2010 15:20 UTC in reply to "Alter your output buffer size"
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Just make sure to do that on a disk whose data you don't care about. I only say this in case some naive user decides to test their primary hard-drive in this fashion and ends up destroying the first X megabytes of the drive (including bootloader and partition tables).

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