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    SubjectRe: ATA 4 KiB sector issues.
    Mikael Abrahamsson wrote:
    > On Mon, 8 Mar 2010, Tejun Heo wrote:
    >
    >> http://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_4_KiB_sector_issues
    >
    > Excellent summary.
    >
    >> C-2. Windows XP depends on the traditional partition layout.
    >
    > Is this really true? WD ships their EARS drives with an alignment tool
    > that as far as I can understand, moves the partition so
    > it's aligned to 4KiB:
    >

    XP SP2 (or later) can boot from any place, including logical partitions
    (tested that recently). Most important thing is "hidden sectors" (recent
    chain.c32 can set that automatically through ntldr and/or sethidden
    options). No idea about pre-SP2 ; Win 2000 will not boot from "misaligned"
    (with reference to cylinder boundary) partition.



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