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SqlExpress doesn't like my Dell and Advanced Format HDD


Savannah, GA


I'm not sure if this is the best location on this forum for this post, but I'm hoping someone can help!

I'm running Win 8, upgraded from Win 7, and I first noticed that I could not run LocalDB when I tried to create my first LightSwitch app in VS 2012. The error reported there is that it cannot start, but later I found in the sql error logs the following output:
2012-09-04 12:28:02.43 spid4s Cannot use file 'C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Local DB\Instances\v11.0\master.mdf' because it was originally formatted with sector size 4096 and is now on a volume with sector size 3072. Move the file to a volume with a sector size that is the same as or smaller than the original sector size.
2012-09-04 12:28:02.43 spid4s Error: 5178, Severity: 16, State: 1.

I've checked and verified that the sector size on this drive is indeed 4096, and some research seems to suggest that some Dell bios's may have to do with the incorrect reporting of the sector size to some applications.
Does anybody have any suggestions on what I can do to get this thing running?

Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!


My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell Studio XPS 435T / 9000
    Core i7
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)