Western Digital squeeze extra space from HDD's

"New 'Advanced Format' to boost storage space by 7-11%"

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Western Digital increase to increase storage space on upcoming hard drives
 
 
WD Caviar GreenWestern Digital have announced it will be using a new storage format that will allow users to enjoy up to 11% more capacity on its upcoming drives. While that may not sound like much, it would mean up to 50GB extra space on a 500GB drive – who are we to argue with being able to cram a few more holiday snaps and videos on our machines anyway?
 
According to a white paper published by the storage giants, WD have been able to create this Advanced Format – as it shall now be known – by taking advantage of the available space in each drive and increasing its bit density. Blocks of 8 ECC (error code information), that currently requires a lot of overhead, will be merged into a pooled single block, along with sync/DAM headers and inter-sector gaps. Come about due to the change in the industries use of 512 byte sectors to larger 4096 bytes, the result is to free a fair amount of previously inefficient space, and to provide better error correction by 50%.
 
Currently, only the Western Digital Caviar Green uses this format, and unfortunately you cannot format existing drives to Advanced Format. WD has, however, stated that it will be incorporating it into a number of its upcoming drives; we will expect to see a larger number of HDD’s with this format pretty soon.
 
For people thinking about purchasing a Cavier Green drive, be sure to check out their website and download the Align utility to ensure the best performance and compatibility with older operating systems
 
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03-01-2010, 17:42:03

zak4994

Dirt 2 is a good game but you need a controller or steering wheel and pedle cuz its awful on keyboard



I don't know any racing game that doesn't suck with the keyboard.
Which is why I have a X360 controller. :p

03-01-2010, 17:49:13

Toxcity
Lego Racers!

03-01-2010, 17:54:40

thestepster
i couldnt wait on it comin out on pc so i got it for the 360 instead

03-01-2010, 18:28:00

nepas
I have the *demo*

Still waiting on if its worthy of splashing some money on a key:)

(Although as its a GFWL title I should in theory be able to use my GTA IV key)

03-01-2010, 19:30:48

thestepster
would that work :o ive got gta iv on the pc aswell ha ha

03-01-2010, 21:27:52

biscuitboy
Ive got it dude! Whats your steam ID?? :)

03-01-2010, 21:34:44

thestepster
who you sayin that 2?

04-01-2010, 06:09:55

Ducky Spud
I got it on steam when it was on offer a week or so ago, around £20. Fairly enjoying it and well worth the money if you ask me. But yea, 360 controller or wheel is a must!

04-01-2010, 06:33:22

Toxcity

(Although as its a GFWL title I should in theory be able to use my GTA IV key)



I'm afraid this has been fixed in recent releases of GFWL games. ;)

17-03-2010, 05:21:15

AMDFTW
ok guys wtf is the deal with your campervan thing,when does it upgrade ime at level 35 and have completed all the rookie races,well ime about 50% complete
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