512Kb vs 4Mb disk sectors - how does Win8 handle them?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aqk, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. aqk


    Apr 6, 2012
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    A log cabin in Elgin, QC
    And how can I optimize my Win8 transfer rates?
    Currently I only have a SATA-II Mboard, with 4Gb of RAM, soon to be 12 Gb.
    aqk, Nov 14, 2012
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    Nibiru2012 Moderator

    Jul 20, 2010
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    Hello aqk! Welcome to the forum!

    I apologize for not seeing this thread earlier, hopefully we'll get your answer.

    First of all, both Windows 7 & Windows 8 both use the NTFS file system. This file system is a MS proprietary file system and has been used since the early days of Windows NT 3.1, Windows 2000 and XP.

    The default cluster size is 4 KB for NTFS up to drive sizes of 16 TB. Here's a handy link to the MS site explaining the cluster sizes. Default cluster size for NTFS, FAT, and exFAT

    Here's another explanation that may help you out. Enabling large disks and large sectors in Windows 8

    Nibiru2012, Nov 24, 2012
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