[dm-crypt] Advanced format (4k sector disks) and dm-crypt

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Sat Jan 18 20:24:47 CET 2014

On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 15:14:29 CET, Garðar Arnarsson wrote:
> Did a quick search but came up empty handed.
> I'm wondering if there is anything special that needs to be passed to
> be able to use dm-crypt (cryptsetup) with 4096 byte sector drives.
> I know md, lvm, partitions, filesystems all need to have special
> triggers for 4K drives (even thouh I think it's done automatically for
> all of them nowadays) but I see no mention of dm-crypt/cryptsetup.

Do not worry. Dm-crypt uses 512B sectors, but there is only a 
negligible performance loss. This matters far, far more on the 
filesystem layer. If that layer does it right, dm-crypt will 
allways process 8 x 512B at a time, as it does process exacly 
what the uppeer layer requests. And alignment in LUKS is done
so that 4k sectors will not be broken up for the data area.

Hence this is not a concern and that is the reason it is
not mentioned. I think I will add an FAQ entry for this.

Arno Wagner,     Dr. sc. techn., Dipl. Inform.,    Email: arno at wagner.name
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