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What is an advanced format drive?

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#1 James T Kirk

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 02:01 AM

hello hello,
i just ran into an option that said it had this available, but i don't remember how to get there anymore.
What is an advanced format drive?
what does it do?
is it better?
this is NOT the normal format option, it "specifically" said the word "advanced" in from of it.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:55 AM

Let Google be your friend -
Ask it "What is an advanced format drive?"

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:13 AM

noknojon, yo what's up bro?
thanks for the reply!
"enabling larger drive capacities."
sounds REALLY useful.
so its a wd utility -- that's where i saw it!
i went to the wd site, created an account and tried to download it 5 times, but was unable, nor was i "able" to even find it, except information, even after about 1 hour of searching.
it was really exhausting. i can get to the get ready to download part, where it says,
wd.com>Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility>Downloads, Advanced Format Software, Download File: Acronis WD Align or True Image WD Edition
when i click on Acronis WD Align link:
Downloads, WD Align Windows - Powered by Acronis, and Download button
[tried 5 times], in addition to reloading the page and completely trying again 3 times, and even "diabled" my pop up blocker just in case! nothing....
no response, except a loading circle on the browser tab and then the same screen as if it did absolutely nothing.
when i click on True Image WD Edition link:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software, product information, and Download button
ok, i got this one, but it looks like more of a cloning tool than an Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility.
[but i need windows installer 3.1+. never heard of it. can't install without it!]
:flame: *note interruption of this program while in use can lead to breaking your hd so that it is no longer useable/or damaged
so correct me if i'm wrong, but this type of utility "Advanced Format", allows you to be able to fully use your hd, where normally you can't, or in the case of use, reduces the amount of "useable" space.
i always wondered about this and why it was like this: 160 gig hd shows up as 155 gig drive. therefore, if you have a 160 gig hd, instead of ONLY being able to use 155 gigs, it then allows you to use all 160 gigs?

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:17 AM

Advanced Format is not an option you can enable or anything software based.  It's to do with the HDD hardware itself.  To find out if a drive is Advanced Format in Windows, open an elevated command prompt (run cmd.exe as Administrator) and type the following:


fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo c:


(Substitute c: for whatever drive letter you want to check)


In the output check the field "Bytes per physical sector".  If it shows 512, this is a non AF drive.  If it shows 4096, then this is an Advanced Format drive.


This is an example of the output for an Advanced Format drive.


C:\Windows\system32>fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo g:
NTFS Volume Serial Number :       0x48fc8ccefc8cb828
Version :                         3.1
Number Sectors :                  0x00000000e8e077ff
Total Clusters :                  0x000000001d1c0eff
Free Clusters  :                  0x0000000017277637
Total Reserved :                  0x0000000000000000
Bytes Per Sector  :               512
Bytes Per Physical Sector :       4096
Bytes Per Cluster :               4096
Bytes Per FileRecord Segment    : 1024
Clusters Per FileRecord Segment : 0
Mft Valid Data Length :           0x000000000dc40000
Mft Start Lcn  :                  0x00000000000c0000
Mft2 Start Lcn :                  0x0000000000000002
Mft Zone Start :                  0x0000000005f5a820
Mft Zone End   :                  0x0000000005f67040
RM Identifier:        50656F06-1ED9-11E3-92F8-005056C00008

Edited by jonuk76, 31 March 2014 - 05:19 AM.


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