SOURCE: Paragon Software Group

Paragon Software Group

April 20, 2011 10:30 ET

Paragon Software Releases Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) 3.0

Addresses Increase in Partition Alignment Problems Associated With Virtualization, 4K Advanced Format HDDs and SSDs

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 20, 2011) - Data storage software developer Paragon Software Group (PSG) announced the release of Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) 3.0, designed to resolve partition alignment problems associated with the new 4K Advanced Format HDDs, SSDs, and RAID. Additionally, PAT 3.0 eases alignment issues within virtual machines that run on virtualization platforms such as VMware, Hyper V, or Citrix.

"Over the past year, we have seen a steady interest from home users and small businesses for our alignment technology," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "Not only do we expect that trend to continue, we also anticipate that every company from mid-enterprise to the Fortune 1000 firms will encounter alignment issues as they migrate to virtual environments and 4K Advanced Format hard drives."

PAT is a user-friendly software utility designed to automatically determine if a drive's partitions are misaligned, and then properly realign all existing partitions, including boot partitions (and any data they contain) to 4K sector boundaries.

Paragon Alignment Tool 3.0 Features

  • Up to 30 percent faster alignment engine than earlier versions
  • USB 3.0 device support
  • Ability to change alignment operation behavior
  • Automated restart of alignment process if unexpectedly interrupted (i.e., power outage)
  • Partition alignment without rebooting the system
  • Alignment in blue screen mode
  • Universal recovery CD

The Problem with Partition Misalignment
As newer 4K Advanced Format hard disk drives and SSDs become more prevalent in the marketplace, partition alignment issues will increase in frequency. Partition misalignment results in slow write times, and inefficient disk operations. The issue also affects alignment in virtual machines. PAT 3.0 properly realigns all existing partitions and increases performance by up to 300 percent.

The solution is included in Paragon's mainstream products such as Hard Disk manager and Partition Manager. It is available as an add-on feature for Virtualization Manager. PAT 3.0 can be downloaded as standalone software for $29.95.

About Paragon Software Group
Paragon Software Group is an innovative software developer focused on two dynamic growth markets. The company's comprehensive product line for the data storage market addresses the needs of data security, storage and management for PCs, servers and networks. A second portfolio of products focuses on mobile productivity applications for handheld devices. Founded in 1994, Paragon Software has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, Poland and Russia delivering its solutions to consumers, small business and enterprise clients worldwide through a network of Value Added Resellers, distributors and OEMs as well as online through the company website. Paragon Software provides technology to a host of world class companies and partners including Cisco, Dell, ASUS, Seagate, Buffalo, Iomega, Siemens, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and more. For more information please visit the company website at

Paragon Software is a trademark of Paragon Software Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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