Windows XP is the most widely used operating system in the world, but users might be given a firm reason to upgrade soon. The BBC reports that, as hard drives expand their sector sizes from 512 bytes to a new industry standard of 4 kilobytes, XP users could see a performance hit, especially when writing data.
Some advanced drives will be able to emulate the older sector sizes for compatibility, but still, those building their own computers or trading up on hard drives may see notable performance problems. If you're a devoted XP user facing down the future of storage, tell us how you plan to adapt in the comments. Photo by Ody5iu5.