[arch-general] 4k sector drives

Uli Armbruster uli.armbruster at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 21 10:31:38 CEST 2010

* Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> [21.04.2010 09:41]:
> Am 21.04.2010 09:34, schrieb Jan de Groot:
> > On Tue, 2010-04-20 at 20:52 -0400, Caleb Cushing wrote:
> >> has anyone installed arch on one of these drives? thinking about
> >> buying a pair and running them mirrored... but not sure if everything
> >> will be working optimal. note: since I'll have to migrate off an
> >> existing drive I can use the tools installed on that to partition it
> >> first. Is there anything I should know first?
> > 
> > You will have to align partitions on a 4K boundary, performance will be
> > miserable without that. I think parted is the best tool to do
> > partitioning in this case, as parted supports aligning.
> > 
> I think the very very latest util-linux-ng will have fdisk/cfdisk
> that'll handle it just fine.

I can second that, I don't have Arch installed on a 4k drive but I have an external drive, which I partitioned with fdisk -c -u /dev/sdX and there's no speed drop at all, so you can use this command line without any worries

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