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Στο μέλλον όλο και ποιο συχνά θα ψιλό ψαχνόμαστε με αυτό, πολύ περισσότερο αν χρησιμοποιούμε ακόμα κάπου τα ΧΡ, οπότε ίσως να φανεί χρήσιμο το παρακάτω κείμενο που υπάρχει σε συγκριτικό του XBitLabs

here are the facts you should know:

  • If you install a new HDD into a Windows XP system (or install a new OS onto the HDD) and want to create only one partition on it, you can use either the jumper or WD Align.
  • The conditions being the same, but you want to create two or more partitions, Western Digital recommends using WD Align only. Our practice suggests that the jumper will also align two partitions but there is a possibility of the second partition remaining unaligned.
  • If you open a disk image with partitions that contain data, you must use WD Align after that.
  • If you are formatting your HDD in Windows Vista or Windows 7, you don’t have to do anything! Neither WD Align nor the jumper will be necessary then.

A small note: WD Align has a protection mechanism and will not allow you to align a partition if that is not necessary. So if you have any doubts, use WD Align and forget about the jumper. Do not insert the jumper after WD Align has aligned the drive (or refused to do so because the HDD is all right under Windows Vista/7).

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