Microsoft has been offering an update designed to improve the compatibility of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Advanced Format Disks along with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
"Advanced Format disks have a 4-KB physical sector size. This hotfix is only for Advanced Format disks that have a 4-KB physical sector size and that emulate a 512-byte interface for logical addressing.
Advanced Format disks introduce a larger physical sector of 4 KB. However, these disks have a 512-byte interface for logical addressing to make initial versions more compatible with current computer systems. Therefore, these disks are known as "512-byte emulation disks" or as "512e"," Microsoft explains.
In the KB 982018, the update is only available for Windows 7 RTM and Service Pack 1, as well as for Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and SP1. But, the KB 2553708 hotfix, which went live on August 12, 2011, comes with support for Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.
The KB 982018 update for Windows 7 SP1 is designed to resolve no less than five issues - users will find download links at the bottom of this article.
The KB 2553708 hotfix only deal with three problems detailed by the comapny in the knowledge base article accompanying the fix on Microsoft Support.
The "hotfix rollup package introduces a new storage infrastructure that lets you query the physical sector size of a storage device. Additionally, the hotfix rollup package updates the Fsutil.exe tool to report the correct sector size," The Redmond company notes.
- All supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
- All supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
- All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2