Toshiba selected the Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) for use with Toshiba’s Advanced Format (AF) hard disk drives.
“Windows operating systems before Vista experience a problem with 4K sectors called misalignment,” said Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates and author of Aligning with the Future of Storage. “Under some conditions, such as system migration, even newer Windows and Linux* computers can suffer from block misalignment.”
“Advanced Format drives offer users increased capacity and enhanced data integrity. As AF drives become more prevalent, users with older operating systems and non-4K ready applications will need to ensure that their systems are optimized to take full advantage of the performance capabilities of 4K drives. This can easily be accomplished through the use of a software alignment tool,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president of Marketing, Storage Device Division for Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “By partnering with Paragon Software, we can ensure that our customers are able to enjoy the full benefits of Advanced Format drives no matter what operating system or software applications they are using.”
The Paragon Alignment Tool for Toshiba AF 512e Drives is available to Toshiba customers free of charge. A version for other AF drives is available from Paragon Software’s Web site and is incorporated into Paragon’s other mainstream 4K-ready products such as Hard Disk Manager and Partition Manager.
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* Linux is not supported by the Paragon Alignment Tool for Toshiba AF 512e Drives