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orion24
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Registered: ‎11-09-2013
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Advanced Format and Native 4K

Looking answers for this for quite some time now:

 

1. Are any of the current WD drives Native 4K?

2. Can an AF drive with 512e work as native 4K under an OS that supports native 4K? (maybe designed with a possibility to disable 512e?)

3. Does 512e emulation have any performance penalty compated to native 4K?

 

I have 2 1TB Velociraptors in RAID-0 under Windows 7 x64 SP1. The ONLY reason I see for moving to Windows 8 is the native 4K support. But if the drives are "locked" to this 512e emulation mode even if the OS supports native 4K, then I'll stay with Windows 7 for now.

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Zatick
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Registered: ‎08-10-2013
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Re: Advanced Format and Native 4K

To the best of my knowledge:

 

1. No

2. Yes (no)

3. Yes, but we don't have any 4k native drives for comparison :smileyhappy:

 

The thing is that there are still a lot of people not on Windows 8. If someone were to come out with a 4k native drive their market is solely Win 8 and Win Server 2003. So maybe in a couple of years when we have the majority on OS's Win 8 or newer we'll start seeing 4k native drives.

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orion24
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Re: Advanced Format and Native 4K

I hope so. But I've heard others saying that the answer for "2" is no and that the current line of 512e drives is doing the emulation no matter what.

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