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: Comment by Kroc
by chris_l on Sun 14th Feb 2010 15:48 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Thanks for the excellently prepared article, I didn’t have to do anything to it.

I really didn’t know about this issue, thanks for investigating and presenting it so clearly. Does this affect disks of a certain size (and above), or any size that are manufactured to this setting?—I certainly want to avoid this problem when replacing HDDs for WinXP machines.

Did that include actually reading the article?

Dear God, who actually uses fdisk to partition a harddrive anymore? To get information about the partitions *ON* a harddrive,yes-to actually *PARTITION* a harddrive,hell no.

Hell, when it was widely used,everyone knew it was sort of buggy,and the program itself warned you about the DOS-based partitions it created.

Unless I missed something, the author of this "article" seemed to know nothing about Gparted,which can be found on most live CD's/USB rescue distro's or can be installed on RPM based distros like Fedora with the "yum install gparted" command

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by r00kie on Sun 14th Feb 2010 17:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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As if gparted (which is just a pretty gui + parted) can't screw things up too. fdisk and the likes are for people that know what they are doing.

In case you don't know there are distros that have text mode installs and use utilities like fdisk/cfdisk. Just because you can use gparted it doesn't mean you have to.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by FishB8 on Sun 14th Feb 2010 18:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I use it all the time. Furthermore I actually use gdisk so that I can create hybrid MBR-GPT partitions. Parted (and gparted) totally trashes hybrid MRB-GPT setups.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Quag7 on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I've never used anything but fdisk, and never had any bugs or problems with it. But then I run Gentoo and don't use the installer.

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