Niagara converts HGST drives between 512e <> 4k and custom too

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  1. Dreece

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    It uses standard Windows SPTI API to do it.

    I know Seagate drives with their FastFormat(tm) feature can be done in no time at all, whereas HGST drives have to actually physically format the whole drive block by block. HGST SAS HDD support blocksize-change fast-format too.

    I was thinking of just 4K'ing a bunch of 512e HGST drives.

    Anyone used this non-public application before? (I believe HGST (WD) give it to their customers such as Dell etc)

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    What is your question?
     
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    Yes, to answer your question then. I have used Niagara.
     
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    Is it safe to use, as in presuming one wholeheartedly understands the utility's powerfully destructive nature? any maybe not-so-obvious nuances of operation a newcomer should be aware of?
     
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    No, they don't. Set FFMT in mode page 0 and the Format Unit command (assuming you have SAS drives):
     
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    Oh brilliant, so HGST block change on SAS HDD is as effortless as Seagate. Thank you @Terry Kennedy .
     
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