Advanced Format

With hard drives getting larger and larger there is not need to have small clusters. Advanced Format uses 16k clusters instead of the usual 4K cluster. So to keep a modern hard driver running correctly withou uneeded overheads a hard drive that is using Advanced Format and the 16K clsuter size, it needs to be formatted with a AF aware operating systems so the cluster boundaries align correctly so the hard drive on has to read a cluster once instead of multiple times. This is why tehre are alignment tools which correct this issue. The incorrect format is almost always caused by formatting a drive with a non AF aware operating system like XP.

http://www.ghacks.net/2011/11/23/disk-alignment-test-advanced-format-hard-drive-check/

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There is not really a lot that users can do to improve the performance of a hard drive on a computer system. This however is changing currently with the introduction of the first Advanced Format hard drives that some PC manufacturers have started to ad ...

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/235088/everything-you-need-to-know-about-3tb-hard-drives.html

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The latest 3TB hard drives pack in the storage, but they're only partially plug and play. Here's what you can expect if you plan on upgrading your system.

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http://www.ghacks.net/2010/06/01/paragon-alignment-tool-increases-disk-performance-and-ssd-longevity/

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The Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) is a new program that corrects misalignments of partitions effectively increasing the performance of the hard drives. IT Specialists who are interested in background technical information can download a whitepaper that ...

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1226963/how-to-properly-re-align-your-ssd-hdd-partitions

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This is how to properly align your solid state drive or hard drives partitions This can improve read and write speeds drastically as well as extend the life of your SSD.

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http://lifehacker.com/5837769/make-sure-your-partitions-are-correctly-aligned-for-optimal-solid-state-drive-performance

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We've covered proper solid state drive maintenance before, but one of the most overlooked factors in proper SSD care is partition alignment. Here's how to make sure your partitions are aligned correctly and that you're getting the most out of your SSD. ...

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http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/218619en

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Discussion of and instructions for updating your computer to be able to use the entire capacity of your larger-than-2TB internal drive.

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http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/tech-insights/advanced-format-4k-sector-hard-drives-master-ti/

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A change is coming in the hard drive industry. As storage densities have increased dramatically over the years, one of the most elemental aspects of hard drive design, the logical block format size know as a sector, has remained constant.

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http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02691731.pdf

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This section outlines a range of scenarios involving the use of Advanced Format drives and describes actions that should be taken to optimize performance in each case. These actions typically depend on the OS being used.

When running an OS that ...

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http://superuser.com/questions/393914/what-is-partition-alignment-and-why-whould-i-need-it

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What is partition alignment and why? Does it have something to do with the 2048-sector gap between two logical partitions?

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