I was wondering if anyone here was knowledgeable about something called "Paragon Alignment" (PAT) and "Advanced Format" (AF)?
I have a 2.5" 1.5TB 5400RPM drive that I removed from a Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 external drive, and when googling the drive, I ran across info about PAT and AF. Apparently the drive is an AF drive, and Toshiba provides a PAT tool:http://storage.toshiba.eu/cms/en/suppor ... ormat.html
I removed the drive from the original enclosure because I was having problems with it, with dropping connections, etc., and I put it into another USB 3.0 enclosure that I just got (a Kingwin), and when I ran HDTach on it, there were tons of dropouts, where the speed went to "0", so I started looking for info about the drive, and found the above info.
The SATA-to-USB 3.0 adapter that was in the Canvio drive has an ARM processor chip on it, rather than an OEM-type chipset, so I'm wondering if Toshiba did something in both the SATA-to-USB 3.0 adapter and possibly in the 1.5TB drive itself to optimize the performance of the overall Canvio drive.
I'm going to backup the stuff I have on the 1.5TB drive, then try to run that PAT tool and see what happens, but what I'm concerned about is that if they did that, then maybe the drive won't work well in any 3rd party external enclosures, like the Kingwin one.