Hey Jayclaz... Thank you for your elaborate answers, even if i can´t follow everything
I read in a german forum:
- that the modern OS doesn´t take care of cyl.-b. because of LBA-Access
- that Vista/7 ignores the cylinder-bounderies, because of the support of SSDs. The Offset is aligned to 1MiB (1024kb).
But in fact, the partition-table-data is virtual... Because there are no 255 heads
So if i want to start/end a partition at a cylinder-boundaries, i have to calculate where a real cylinder starts/ends!
My new HDD supports Advanced Format (4KB Sectors). The old one is Nov/2006 --> 512byte-sectors
It is to be feared, that the image won´t work as the Laptop is from 2006. But the hdd´s firmware will do it, i hope
New WD-drives even have a jumper to make the drive compatible to XP !? Just read the first time ^^ ... Here´s the source:
The effect is shifting the sectors by 1
I´ll try Advanced Format Software, which helps to align the partitions
Maybe this is not the suitable thread, but i think, its ok, if anybody can´t access the "repair" option through a HDD-crash (the IDE-HDD of my own, ancient notebook becomes not initalizised any more, with XP without recoverypartition
But had a hidden partition with a Image of the C-Drive on it...
Kind regards.... chris
P.S.: One of those questions that can be answered with yes/no/maybe/who knows.
I think to remember I´ve read about a year ago that the firmware of the hdd is also involved in handling the geometry, too
This post has been edited by Schiiwa: 03 February 2011 - 08:28 PM