|"512 bytes is standard on all IDE hard disks That include both PATA and SATA hard disks."|
I believe that is not accurate as Advanced Format disks have sectors 4096 bytes in size. However, it is true that you can't change the size of the sectors, nor is there any reason to do so. The 512e means that the disk will present, through an emulation layer, 512-byte sectors to an operating system that doesn't understand the 4096-byte sectors. This results in a performance loss. Use a modern operating system, not something out of the Ark, to get the best performance from a modern hard disk.
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