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Does Windows Home Server Support Advanced Format Hard Disks?


Windows Home Server

Our friend Andrew over at Using Windows Home Server website has written an article that both exposes and also answers some of the nagging questions surrounding the support of the newer Hard Drives coming out called “Advanced Format Hard Drives” within the Windows Home Server environment.

Manufacturers are now shifting to this new technology which requires that the hard disk be formatted and aligned in 4k sectors instead of the older 512 byte sectors currently used by most software.  Microsoft has submitted a KB (Knowledge Base) article about Windows Home Server’s compatibility with these new drives, which Andrew covers in depth here.

The answer to the question as to whether WHS supports Advanced Format disks in a nutshell:

Windows Home Server v1: No, do not use Advance Format disks in your Windows Home Server v1 machine.

Windows Home Server “Vail”: The forthcoming Windows Home Server v2 codenamed “Vail” will support Advanced Format disks.

Thanks Andrew for keeping us up to speed!  Remember to catch Andrews article with full details on Microsoft’s KB article here.



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BillyPut simply, Tom (a.k.a Billy) loves technology! He’s been involved in the IT world since leaving the Navy in 1992 and has moved his way up to the top on the systems engineering side. After taking a short deviation into home automation, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating an environment of complete integration at home. If there is a way to make the various systems in his home more seamless (even if they weren’t originally meant to talk to each other) he’s up to the challenge of figuring out how to make it work!View all posts by Billy

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