Recently I've set up a couple of Slackware-13 machines using Western Digital 'Green' drives, with software raiding based on the Slackware How-to. No real problems.
I'm setting up another, and just purchased 2 x 1-TB WD Green Drives, without realising that these newer drives are so-called 'Advanced Format', using 4K sector size.
There is a fair amount of comment regarding issues with this technology under linux, e.g:
AND a reference given on this forum
Apparently Western Digital have not expressed any desire to sort out problems with linux - they don't support it.
I haven't yet opened the packaging and am considering exchanging for another brand using more conventional technology.
1. Is anyone aware of a definitive solution enabling these 'advanced format' drives to be used efficiently under linux.
2. As an alternative, can anyone suggest an alternative large-capacity drive (e.g. hitachi, seagate...) which is well behaved (and perhaps even supported!) under linux.
Any advice would be much appreciated