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4K-sector drives and Linux

4K-sector drives and Linux

Posted Mar 10, 2010 9:25 UTC (Wed) by ringerc (subscriber, #3071)
Parent article: 4K-sector drives and Linux

"...fortunately very few of these have been seen in the wild and we're hopeful they can be shot before they breed"

I have six, and another six on back-order :-(

The WD Green series (at least the 1TB drive WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1) have 4kb sectors and offset-by-one. Thankfully, that awful hack is disabled by default and must be turned on by the application of a jumper across a pin pair on the back of the drive.

This is fine so long as the host OS can probe the disk to find out whether or not it's so jumpered, but somehow I doubt it's so easy.


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