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Re: bytes per sector
- To: tech_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: bytes per sector
- From: naddy_(_at_)_mips_(_dot_)_inka_(_dot_)_de (Christian Weisgerber)
- Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 14:14:48 +0000 (UTC)
- Newsgroups: list.openbsd.tech
nelsonbr <nelsonbr_(_at_)_cpsc_(_dot_)_ucalgary_(_dot_)_ca> wrote:
> How rare are drives that do not have a 512 byte sector size?
For practical purposes, you can consider them as nonexistent.
> Which operating systems do support odd sector sizes?
Apparently IBM's AS/400 systems use disks with 520 bytes/sector.
This is closed technology.
MFM/RLL disks (remember?) didn't have a native sector size. I
remember formatting MFM disks with 256-byte sectors for use with
Acorn's ADFS and the built-in MFM controller on the Archimedes 4xx
series. That was some ten years ago, and it was already highly
bizarre at the time.
PCs have always used 512-byte/sector hard disks.
Christian "naddy" Weisgerber naddy_(_at_)_mips_(_dot_)_inka_(_dot_)_de