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Advanced Format – The Migration to 4K Sectors

A change is coming in the hard drive industry. The smallest structure of organized data on a hard drive, a sector, is growing from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes. For over 30 years hard drives have used the legacy 512-byte standard.

Beginning in 2009 and accelerating through 2011, all major hard drive manufacturers will be releasing hard drive platforms under a new standard called Advanced Format, which is administered through the industry association IDEMA. Advanced Format hard drives have a 4K sector size, which increases format efficiency and enables more robust error correction. It is a positive move for the storage industry, but until now, not without challenges.

Advanced Format with SmartAlign™

Seagate is ready to help customers adopt this new standard. We have developed SmartAlign™ technology to make the inevitable transition easy and worry-free.

 
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