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#1 iMack

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 06:37 PM

An odd kind of question.
Can I reset the sector size to 512k on a WD Black Advanced Format Drive?
Im trying to restore a dropped Toshiba laptop and the system restore discs from Toshiba do not play well with 4k sectors and the client (my neighbour) has supplied a WD Black AFD as the replacement drive.
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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:56 PM

http://www.wdc.com/global/products/features/?id=7&language=1


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 01:29 AM

That program is run after Windows is installed. In this case, it sounds like Windows won't install at all from the Toshiba recovery discs.

 

I'd like to see a way to get Windows to install from the recovery discs too. I was thinking of getting one of those drives for my Toshiba laptop.


Edited by lti, 23 November 2013 - 01:31 AM.


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 04:33 PM

I think I'll just reformat it and see what happens.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 08:18 PM

Toshiba tech support say that using system restore discs on a system with an AFD will result in error messages that the copy of Windows 7 is not original.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 02:19 PM

http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/Computer-Troubleshooting/Errors-after-installing-new-advanced-format-hard-drives/ta-p/264859

 

It should work. I don't know why replacing the hard drive would invalidate Windows, but Toshiba support says some weird things. They once told me that Memtest86+ was showing errors because Windows files were corrupt.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:08 AM

I managed to get Windows Update to work by changing the HDD mode from ACHI to Compatibility.
Now to see what happens when all the updates have been applied.




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