About bootloaders and 4096 sectors, the Gujin bootloader may be able to help thanks to its minimal IDE driver in the 512 bytes MBR, but the problem is a lack of hardware to test:
says drive WD10EACS has 1,000,204 MB and 1,953,525,168 sectors, i.e. (1,000,204 * 1000 * 1000) / 1,953,525,168 = 512 bytes/sectors
says drive WD10EARS has exactly the same 512 bytes/sectors
and WD10EARS-00Y5B1 doesn't even have a hit on WD web site... Is that available in UK?
BTW, GPT is quite easy to use to define partitions.
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