[rescue] rescuing an ailing U10...

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Wed Oct 3 18:52:00 CDT 2007

Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
>> With high-end servers sporting >1TB of physical RAM and many TBs (or
>> even petabytes) of storage these days, I find it strange that we still
>> manage disk space in .5K chunks, especially with such huge capacity
>> drives...
> In 2003 Seagate, Maxtor, Fujitsu, and Hitachi GST released a joint
> "position letter" announcing that we'd start to see disks with
> 4-kilobyte[0] sectors "soon".  The original estimate was that such
> drives would ship in 2006, but I'm reasonably certain all the 750GB
> disks that I've seen have 512-byte sectors.

It's about damn time.

> 4K, BTW, is conveniently the size of an i386 memory page.  Fair enough,
> I guess; IIRC, the 512-byte standard came from the VAX memory pagesize.
> [0] Real kilobytes, not this "but it's an SI unit" whining or
>      kibibibibilitibytes nonsense.

Thank you for not using KiB.

Peace...  Sridhar

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