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4K hard drive

  • Nowadays when more and more data are stored on computers, it is obvious that traditional hard drive can hardly meet our needs to handle official business. At this time, the emergence of large capacity hard drive leads the tendency of hard drive development. When we are pursuing large capacity of hard drive, a new problem occurs in the development process of hard drive industry. That is the waste of hard drive space. As known to all, when we are writing new data in, all data are written into hard drive sector in the form of information flow. But sectors are not contiguous and there are interspaces and error correction codes and other kind of space that can not be used. If hard drive capacity increases, the space that can not be used will be augmented accordingly, which will greatly impinge on use ratio and increase the cost of a unit capacity of a hard drive. In this situation, hard drive manufactures ponder over enlarging sector size to solve the problems, so the idea of 4K sector comes out. "4K sector" means a 512B sector of a traditional hard drive is enlarged eightfold, thereby getting a 4096B sector. This can improve the density of sectors and improve use ratio of large capacity drive. As West Digital and Seagate release their own 4K hard drives, 4K hard drive has been affirmed.

    Although 4K hard drive is able to meet the demand for lager data storage, it is still in a preliminary development stage, so there are few applications that can recognize it, and software that can manage 4K hard drive is even less. However, we don't need to worry much about 4K hard drive management, for MiniTool Solution Ltd. has provided us with a new solution: MiniTool Partition Wizard, a miraculous partition manager.

    Introduction to MiniTool Partition Wizard
    MiniTool Partition Wizard is a professional partition manager that can recognize 4K hard drive and support comprehensive partition management on 4K hard drive. It has dozens of partition management functions that work on basic disk. Besides, dynamic disk can also be managed completely. For more detailed information about the partition manager, please visit https://www.partitionwizard.com/. Then we'll use MiniTool Partition Wizard to check properties of a 4K hard drive, to prove that this partition manager can manage 4K hard drive.

    After downloading and installing the partition manager, launch it and we'll see the following interface.



    In the main interface, we can see disk status and distribution conditions of the computer and many partition management functions. Select Disk 3 and click "Properties" to check its properties.



    In the above interface which shows disk properties, we can see "Bytes Per Sector" is 4096, which means the size of a sector on the hard drive is 4096 B. Therefore, the selected disk is a 4K hard drive.

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