The Advanced Format technology group was formed by IDEMA and leading data storage companies to educate the industry as disk drives transition to designs using larger physical sector sizes containing multiples of 512-byte logical sectors of user data.
Disk drives with larger physical sectors allow enhanced data protection and correction algorithms, which provide increased data reliability. Larger physical sectors also enable greater format efficiencies, thereby freeing up space for additional user data. These improvements will result in better user experiences.
Our goal is to create awareness and educate our storage partners and customers about the benefits of disk drives designed with larger physical sectors. In addition, IDEMA's Advanced Format initiative is a place to share information that will enable this industry transition.
We invite you to contact us with any questions or to investigate the other areas of the Advanced Format area of our website.