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  • Question

  • Hi,

    Does Win CE 2013 edition have support for 'Advanced formatted' hard drives with 4k physical sectors? (SATA drives) 

    The msdn-pages , it mentions only about win7/win 8.1 supporting advanced formatting of hard drives, but does not mention win CE 2013 support for it.

    Anyone who knows the reply, please respond ASAP.

    Thanks & Regards,


    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:27 PM

All replies

  • Krishnakant:

    Since nobody has responded, I will take a stab.

    You probably know more about this than I do, but SATA drives are supported.  I don't know if some SATA drives have 4K physical sectors and some are smaller, but I have seen a problem - yet.

    You mentioned an MSDN page, but didn't provide a link to that page which make it difficult for us to know what you are referring to.

    Maybe we should turn this question back at you - is there a problem?

    Bruce Eitman (eMVP)
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    Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:52 PM
  • Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for replying.

    The 'advanced formatting of hard-drive (also known as 512E) support link from Microsoft are many. I am not able to insert the link here, so suggesting way to google it & finding the Microsoft site.

    pls google search following text ("windows support for advanced formatting of drives").

    in the search-list, please look for text ("Microsoft support policy for 4k sector hard drives in windows" )

    This  site, lists different MS-OS which can support this feature. But, this does not list win CE 2013. hence this question. we would like to know whether winCE 2013 supports this feature or not.

    To know more about 'Advanced Formatting' concepts, some sites listed below.

    please look into the advanced formatting of hard drives 'Wikipedia' or any other sites on this topic from vendors like 'Seagate' or western digital or other hard drive manufacturers.


    Friday, September 11, 2015 1:06 PM