lowlevel format cluster size

By bleedin_ears
Aug 24, 2003
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  1. Hi,
    I am using my eight IDE 40 gig raid 0 drive array TOTAL of 320 gig with 1 partition of 320 gig to edit video. When low level formatting my array I can select many different cluster sizes to format this array to. Which cluster size would be best for video? I am using Windows XP pro with NTFS drive formating. Currently I am using a 1,024 cluster size and the system seems sluggish. My system uses Dual 2 gig Xeon processors with 1 gig ram on a SuperMicro board. Any information will be appriciated.

    Dave
    bleedin_ears@yahoo.com
  2. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    A low-level format is a factory format in which track and sector information is written to the disc. You aren't low level formatting if there is already an existing filesystem, that is a high level format.

    With a partition of that size I would suggest 4kb clusters for NTFS.
  3. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    Update: I forgot about cluster size specification.

    For video editing, and a partition of that size, I suggest clusters of 64kb - The largest they can be.
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