Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: "Advanced Format" hard drives

17 Jan 2015   #1
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 
"Advanced Format" hard drives

I'm thinking of adding a WD 10EZEX 1TB hard drive to my system so I can eventually get rid of my two IDE drives - either they will eventually break down at some point (one is 11 years old) or my next mobo won't have an IDE port.

This new WD drive has what's called "Advanced Format".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Format
None of my other drives have 4KB sectors or 512 byte sector emulation; they're all old school 512 bytes per sector.

Windows 7 will format the new drive to work with the OS with no problems. That's fine. MY question is how compatible will this new AF drive be with programs like Defraggler, Recuva, EaseUS Partition Manager or MiniTool Partition Wizard, and most importantly, Macrium Reflect Free, that deal with data on a sector by sector basis?

Any Googling of this shows very little info; certainly not enough for me to come to any firm conclusions. Has anyone had any problems or issues with these AF drives?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
17 Jan 2015   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

They work fine. Your drive emulates 512.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2015   #3
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Okay, got it. Thanks much.
If I do have problems, well, I'll know where to turn.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

18 Jan 2015   #4
dmeston1975

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I did find out that it can have an effect depending on what file types you are storing ie if you are storing large media files like films then use a larger sector size if you have lots of smaller files docs etc. then go with a smaller sector size otherwise you could be wasting space.

Example
File size = 1 kb will take up 4 Kb if saved on a disk with 4 kb sectors
File size = 1 Kb will take up 1 Kb if saved on a disk with 512b sectors

PS I use most of the programs you listed above regularly without any problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2015   #5
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Okay, I understand. In order to avoid problems, I'll just let Windows use the default sector size when full-formatting the drive. All my drives have pretty much mixed use - anywhere from 4.7GB DVD ISOs down to 1KB shortcuts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 "Advanced Format" hard drives




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
"Windows Cannot Access" my WD "My Book Live" NAS drives
New to the forum, hoping to find answers or new ideas to try... My Win7 OS computer has problems seeing my WD network drives most of the time. I'll say up front that my Macbook, my Windows XP laptops, all other computers of various types in my house see and access these drives just fine, but the...
Network & Sharing
"Computer" screen accesses hard drives slowly
The "computer" screen (the screen which displays all hard drives attached not the monitor) is having issues accessing my hard drives at a normal rate. I just recently re installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and all of sudden every hard drive attached has an issue with slow loading times. When I...
Hardware & Devices
Installation for Advanced Format Hard Drives?
Hello, I recently got a new Western Digital Hard Drive (WD5000BPKT: Scorpio Black) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LR1RPK/..._26725410_item for my laptop and on the wrapping it says to be aware of advanced formatting. If I installed Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh), do I need...
General Discussion
keep getting "not enough disk space" with 2 hard drives
I have to harddrives, drive :C/ and drive D :/ drive c has the basic miniums and came with 16 gbs of space which is completely full with windows , then drive d has 136gbs and is 103gb of free space left ANYTHING i try to download i try to make it go to Drive D but none the less i keep getting the...
Performance & Maintenance
How to change "FAT32" penDrive to "NTFS"? can't format it "NTFS"
I have "Kingston" 4GB pen-drive its file system is "FAT32" i try to change its files system to "NTFS" using "formatting" process. When i try to format it in "NTFS" this error show. "Windows was unable to complete the Format." So how do i change its file system to "NTFS"? :mad: ...
Hardware & Devices
How to identify what app has hard drives "in use"?
I have two external drives connected to my system most of the time. Lately when I try ti disconnect either of them using the safely remove hardware applet, I get an error message telling me that the drive is in use and cannot be stopped. I get the same message whether I have any apps running or...
Performance & Maintenance


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:44.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App