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Windows 7: Installation for Advanced Format Hard Drives?

16 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
Installation for Advanced Format Hard Drives?


I recently got a new Western Digital Hard Drive (WD5000BPKT: Scorpio Black) 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 to install the software WD says to do to partition your HDD for optimal performance?

I am unsure how exactly the new advanced formatting technology works and what I have to do to get the most out of my HDD. I may not even be sure that the WD5000BPKT supports Advanced formatting.

Here is WD page about Advanced Format Utility: Product Features


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16 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

Hi bancosrs

You should have no problems doing a clean install on the AF hard drive . Windows 7 will automatically align the drive to 1024.

Press enter when you see the screen that says Press any key to boot from cd or DVD…( image below )

When you get to this screen ( image below )

Press Shift and F10 . You will get a command prompt window . It should open up to X:\Sources . In there input these commands and press enter after each line .


Back on the image above press Install Now . Check the I accept the license terms box and click on Next. Click on the Custom (advanced) option. Then choose
Disk 0 Partition 1: Window (C:\) and click Next

Note   Note
Doing the commands above you will not get the hidden partition System Reserved
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16 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64

Now if this was a completely new HDD would I have to input any of the commands before the installation, or are those just for reinstalling a clean version of Windows 7?

Basically, I already installed Windows without doing the diskpart commands. I had just recieved this HDD in the mail today and assumed I did not have to clean it (unless AF needed me to).

Stupid question, but by skipping those steps should I go back and reinstall windows?
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16 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

If you received the drive in the mail I don't think its been formated but if you just proceed with the installation without formatting it first you will get the hidden partition .

It's a clean drive you will have to do a clean install anyways
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16 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Creators Update

Don`t create a partitoin for Windows 7 and you will end up with a sytem reserved partiton and a windows 7 partition. Create a partition before hand and you won`t get a system reserved partition. Simple as that.

Better not to have a system reserved partition if you don`t need it, a waste of a primary partition in my opinion.

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16 Apr 2013   #6
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This looks like a normal HDD. There is nothing special you need to do. Your Windows 7 installation should be fine.

Yes, you probably have the extra 100MB active system partition. But that is OK. When you make images of the system, make an image of the 100MB partition once and stick it in a safe place. That little partition never changes unless you make a double boot. Then image it again. Then image C and in the future you need only C images. The 100MB partition you only need to dig out if you ever have to change the disk again because that little partition contains your bootmgr.

PS> just saw that AddRAM and I disagree. I think he has good reasons to dread the 100MB partition. Here is a compromise. Copy the bootmgr to C and you can forget the 100MB partition.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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16 Apr 2013   #7


There no reason to avoid the hidden partition, and the Diskpart Clean command is used more for troubleshooting install failures. You were correct to simply boot the installer to do a normal Clean Install Windows 7.

Why do you have two threads on this same subject here? It is frowned upon by the Admins and wastes our time.
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18 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 x64

Out of general curiosity. With AF technology do you have to pay attention to anything with the mobo or dual booting?

I saw a topic about WD Advanced Format Drive and needing special drivers to install a WD Advanced Format Drive on an Intel chipset.

And for dual booting. Say, for example, Win 7 / ubuntu. Will you need to partition the drive in a certain way or can you go ahead and doing everything like you would with a normal HDD?
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18 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Creators Update

Stop worrying about this advanced format technology, just install windows, it will take care of any formatting.

If you`re ready to go, you should have windows installed in 15 minutes.

Clean Install Windows 7

If you really want to use ubuntu, you don`t have to install it, you can just run it from a cd.
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18 Apr 2013   #10


It says in the Product Description it only requires special alignment if you try to run a legacy OS like XP. So it shouldn't require anything special for Clean Install Windows 7 or Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums.

How is performance so far?
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