"Giacomo A. Catenazzi" <email@example.com> writes: > Does grub use the unallocated disk space near the MBR? Yes. As far as I know, even grub2 does so, but pls. correct me. > there was a discussion about poor performance if partitions/ > filesystem was not aligned to the "physical" block sectors. I also heard hpa mention this. But this doesn't mean he is a big fan of using this space. Which discussion do you refer to? -- Feri.