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[3]: GNU Parted
by smitty on Mon 15th Feb 2010 09:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: GNU Parted"
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I believe the whole point is to emulate the 512b sectors so that legacy OS's will work. The drives can't query the OS and then modify how they report themselves depending on what is supported. They do provide a jumper so you can manually turn the legacy emulation on or off, but most people aren't going to mess with that.

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