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February 29, 2012 3:01:26 AM

So recently bought a TB western digital caviar black and i saw something on the package about advanced format. To my knowledge caviar black drives dont require or support advanced format. I just went ahead and cloned my previous drive with acronis is this ok? Do i need to worry about advanced format for this drive? or just disregard?

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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 3:18:39 AM

Actually you do need to worry since it's a large capacity drive but only if the alignment is not properly done.
I know this is a standard HDD, but, download AS SSD Benchmark from this site
http://www.alex-is.de/
Open it and check the left topmost square where it displays the Drive and it's status
It's something like this
HDD Maker
Firmware Version
msahci - ok
1024 - ok
xxxx GB

Depending on your BIOS settings for AHCI or IDE, that ought to be ok and the 1024 Ok should be ok in green, if the disc has not been aligned properly then the 1024 will be replaced by some number and be in red and not ok.

This can be corrected using the paragon alignment tool and is pretty simple and free.

Check it and see if it's fine or else follow the paragon alignment instructions to get it right.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, but , it certainly does effect speed and data credibility, something a HDD is all about.
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February 29, 2012 3:47:11 AM

It says
nvstor64: ok
103424: Ok

i assume this is all good then?
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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 3:49:51 AM

Yup, it's all ok.... :) 
You don't need to worry about it.
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February 29, 2012 4:02:04 AM

cool thanks that was easy :)  i coulnt figure out the german site so i just got it from techworld haha thanks though :) 
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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 4:04:47 AM

Oh come on, the first page, left hand side Downloads, and on that page it's the first.
Or even on the first page itself 4th row... clear as life...
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February 29, 2012 12:33:38 PM

see i got there i got to downloads and it said scroll down to download and i couldnt find it guess im just blind.
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a c 371 G Storage
February 29, 2012 2:26:57 PM

If you used WD's acronis clone tool, then it should be good. Windows 7 format also makes the proper alignment.
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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 2:32:47 PM

tatter_punch said:
see i got there i got to downloads and it said scroll down to download and i couldnt find it guess im just blind.


Scroll down to download.... English Support
New page ....
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...
Below the first post right after the List of donations received from
"Download Here"
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