Fixing Partition Problems

By Tom Fedro

Partition Alignment by Tom FedroThe new Advanced Format, high capacity, 4K hard drives can suffer from a misalignment when a user’s operating system is Windows XP or an earlier version. This phenomenon occurs in both physical and virtual environments, effecting both servers and workstations. Essentially, the misalignment makes the computer perform redundant read/write operations.  In other words, the computer does twice as much work for the same task which obviously makes for slow processing and poor performance.

At Paragon, we developed the Partition Alignment Tool (PAT), which eliminates the misalignment problems in advanced drives by identifying any sector misalignments and then fixing them. The software has the ability to automatically determine if a drive is misaligned.  Its automated realignment of all existing partitions, including the boot partition, can substantially increase performance, sometimes by as much as 300 percent.  Versions of PAT are shipping with a number of high end advanced format drives like those from Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. who selected the Paragon Alignment Tool for use with the Toshiba Advanced Format (AF) hard disk drives. The product is also available from several very large PC manufacturers such as HP and Dell who have licensed the technology from Paragon.  The software not only corrects alignment but ensures, with the data protection elements within the program, that the alignment continues even after an unforeseen power interruption .  The alignment will thus remain in place even if the computer fails to boot.

When you head up a software company like Paragon, it’s always exciting to have the opportunity to see well-established industry giants choose your product.  We’ve been fortunate enough to see our software time and time again in the hands of consumers and businesses that got it pre-installed or shipped along with products from one of the big guys.

If you’re experiencing substantial performance issues and you operate with an older version of Windows, stop by Paragon’s download website for a comprehensive white paper and all the information you need to fix the problem, including a trial version.  Don’t let slow performance continue to hurt your output.  A tiny investment in a simple solution can pay great dividends.


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