Advanced Format Readiness Checklist

Are you ready for Advanced Format?

  • Are you a developer of software who creates or modifies hard drive partitions, or enables hard drive duplication, cloning or imaging?
  • Are you planning to interface with, integrate or use a 4K, Advanced Format drive that supports 512-byte emulation?
  • If yes, has your application, system or offering been optimized to accommodate the relationship between 512-byte emulation in Advanced Format hard drives and hard drive partition alignment?
  • Are you considering using 4k native Advanced Format hard drives in a storage solution?
  • Do you use or offer a software solution that frequently issues write operations in data-package sizes less than 4K bytes?
  • Are the block sizes written by the software applications you use, support or distribute evenly divisible by multiple of 4K-bytes?
  • Are all starting locations of the Write operations you issue on 4K boundaries?
  • Do you utilize any operations that may bypass the Operating System or send commands directly to the hard disk drive?
  • Are you using any of the following: Network Download, Ghost Software, ImageX Software or similar program?
  • If using Ghost, are you using version 11.0 or later and using the "-align=1MB" feature for 4K alignment?
  • If using ImageX, do you have the latest build image from your MS TAM?
  • Are you using Win PE version 2.1 (Vista), Win PE 3.0 (Win 7)?
  • Are you using the latest Intel Storage Driver revision or later?
  • If you are an OEM, system integrator or have a designated Microsoft TAM, do you have the latest Microsoft OS builds or discussed 4K awareness with Microsoft?

Are you utilizing a high volume manufacturing Imaging Process to clone hard drives?

  • Are you using a Disk Duplicator for Cloning?
  • If yes, is your reference drive optimized for and the image aligned to 4K boundaries?
  • Is your duplicator software 4K aware, i.e. issues writes in 4K-block increments?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, we recommend you engage in readiness testing to prepare for the upcoming transition to Advanced Format hard disk.

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