Cluster size 512 bytes vs 4 kb

Posted on 2006-03-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I understand the advantage of a smaller sector size when formatting a hard drive.  A small file such as a 1 kb shortcut will use a complete sector.  Therefore it wastes less space on a 512 b sector as opposed to a 4 or 8 kb sector.  So are there any advantages to a 4 kb sector as is the default for NT?  
Question by:mrlagasse
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    Sure... If your going to store LOTS of large files, it's better to use a larger cluster size - less fragmentation and larger blocks of reads.

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    Does larger blocks of reads equate to faster performance?

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    Ok, I found the answer at PCGUIDE.  I asked because I noticed when I converted a fat partion to NTFS, it automatically chose 512.  Now I see that may be a speed problem.  Thank you.

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