The challenges of storage devices using 4096 byte sectors - Mike Wilkinson

16 May 2012

This all started with Adam from hexacorn ( ) asking some questions about a WD mybook on the win4n6 mailing list. It turns out that it and a handful of other devices are now using 4096 byte sectors rather than the standard 512. When drives using this sector size are formatted with NTFS the MFT uses 4096 byte file records, which appears to break many commercial software tools. Here I gave a quick overview of the problem, more details can also be found in my blog post on the topic...