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Giveaway of the day — Paragon Alignment Tool Special Edition (English Version)

Paragon Alignment Tool Special Edition is the tool that aligns partitions in a single operation!
$29.95 EXPIRED
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Paragon Alignment Tool Special Edition (English Version) was available as a giveaway on October 13, 2010!

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Boosts performance up to 300% by aligning partitions!

Key Features and Benefits of Paragon Alignment Tool 2.0 Special Edition:

  • The only tool that aligns partitions in a single operation
  • Guarantees safety for the on-disk system and data
  • Boosts performance of disk subsystems up to 3 times
  • Significantly increases endurance of SSD drives
  • Aligns partitions inside virtual containers and the host
  • Aligns partitions on ultra high-capacity 4K hard disks
  • All our flagship products include this utility by default

Please see more features, usage scenarios and detailed product information on Paragon Alignment Tool Website.

Technical Support: During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.

System Requirements:

Windows 2k/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

Paragon Software

Homepage:

http://www.paragon-software.com/business/partition-alignment/index.html

File Size:

68.2 MB

Price:

$29.95

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Resuming from #89:
I've found that my Windows partition now appears as 'unpartitioned space'. So it seems to me unrecoverable. My data is safe, it was on the other disk, but I wil have to reinstall Windows and all the programs!
Argh! Thumbs down!

Reply   |   Comment by rogdias  –  5 years ago
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Trashed all data on both primary and secondary hard drives (Maxtor). This is a very dangerous program....
Had to use UBCD4Win cd to delete all partitions, in order to re-format. Program should be pulled, until all "bugs" are cleared.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott Erinne  –  5 years ago
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Did none of the Linux users read what I wrote. #70

It's not a complicated fix. Do what I said and it will fix it every time.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  5 years ago
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Further to my #83:
Genie Timeline (via recovery disk) took 14 hours to reinstall 200,684 files. Then the laptop wouldn't boot up (remember the backup files were installed on top of an reformatted 'back to factory' HDD). Managed to finally rescue using a vista 32 bit repair disk which I fortunately made a few months ago. Partitions seemed to have been completely messed up so not sure if an Acronis True Image backup could have been reinstalled.
What a huge waste of time just for trying this GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by mikko  –  5 years ago
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Just from reading comments here, besides myself, this software appears to have damaged other peoples hard disks. I've used a program that tells me it can find files on my hard disk, but the program I used only has specific extensions it will recover, and the ones I'm looking aren't in their list.

Reply   |   Comment by kerry  –  5 years ago
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ARRGH!!! It Deleted the bootloader so my system didn't want to reboot.
Was able to use a live CD to reinstall windows bootloader then it wanted to run. Tried escape and shut it down, but it "blanked" my 2nd windows partition. This is where I had EVERYTHING downloaded too.
Windows runs off C, but now I lost most EVERYTHING.
Will be trying to restore my partitions using linux live but not much hope :(

Reply   |   Comment by HSI  –  5 years ago
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Re Mikko #30 and #35 on registration email : Strange reversal : When I used hotmail I got no email whatever. So I switched to gmail and it came in a flash. Weird.

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  5 years ago
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How long will it takes for my 500GB disk?

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  5 years ago
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Hmmmmm, I have Paragon Partition Manager 2009, and I don't see any alignment option in it. Apparently it's not a "flagship" program? From the horror stories, I'd sure make sure you back up everything before trying this.

Reply   |   Comment by The Grey Area  –  5 years ago
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Best comment of the day and one that everyone can understand is no. 38 from Nigel, in reply to great sage.
How can you ever hope to understand a complex program if you merely download, install but never run it ?

Reply   |   Comment by Valerie  –  5 years ago
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Crashed my EEEPC with SSD. I use Windows XP. After end of alignment the system doesn't come up, says something like Operating System load error.
Too risky to try. I'm now wondering if there's a way to recover...

Reply   |   Comment by rogdias  –  5 years ago
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Running Win7 Home Premium X64, get Error 2739 during install: Could not access JavaScript run time for custom action. ??? I use JavaScript all the time on my browsers, although for security reasons I have it disabled by NoScript on Firefox.

Also very concerned by #10 and #83. I had a bad incident using Paragon Partition Manager last year and had to reinstall Win7 after the boot got corrupted. IF I ever get this installed, will definitely make an image backup before trying!

Reply   |   Comment by DaveInAustinTx  –  5 years ago
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Those who complain HD crash, please confirm that HDD is not turned o after a period in Power Options. I had the same problem using 'Recovermyfiles.exe'. Once the power of HD after xx minutes was changed, everything worked fine.

Hope it is useful to somebody :)

Reply   |   Comment by Hariks  –  5 years ago
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Is it just me.. or does the flash animation try to make it clear that this software is for virtual machine servers??

perhaps thats the reason peoples laptops are getting trashed?

San->Lun->VMFS->VMDK alignments..

Disk arrays for virtual machines...

Reply   |   Comment by anon  –  5 years ago
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@ #10 -- Something that's Windows-based that messes with GRUB in the MBR will often (usually/always ???) corrupt your MBR. I had GRUB2 set up in my MBR to dual-boot between Windows and Ubuntu. I was in Windows 7 one day and decided to partition the 2nd half of my 500 GB laptop drive. I got an error message and gave up. When I rebooted, I couldn't access anything. I wiped the Windows partitions and restored everything from a 3-4 month old backup (and lost some things in the process because of the date of the backup). It turns out you can use your Windows 7 disk to repair the MBR, which I ended up doing after I restored the data and OS partition.

Remember, in the Windows world, using GRUB is not considered a standard way of booting to your OS. Not that GRUB is a bad bootloader, but if you try to use Windows programs to change partitions in any way, you are courting disaster.

I don't recommend using GRUB as your master bootloader after going through all that I did. It doesn't play nicely with Windows in some cases. If you install it in the root partition of Linux, you can use Easy BCD to boot to GRUB, then to Linux, leaving the MBR controlled by Windows. Easy BCD allows you to edit the Windows bootloader file to point to where you want it to boot to.

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

It's free, by the way. You can also use their NeoGRUB in Linux to load Linux.

http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Linux
http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/NeoGrub

If you really DO want to keep using GRUB and risk issues like you had in the future, you might be able to use the Super Grub Disk (1 or 2) to restore GRUB in the MBR, or to install it in the root partition of Linux and then proceed to use Easy BCD in Windows to boot to NeoGRUB or GRUB. In either case, you might want this utility to get your drive working again. I'd like to know if, after using today's GAOTD offering, if you are able to work with your partitions or if it corrupted them beyond use since it was trying to work with GRUB in the way.

http://www.supergrubdisk.org/

I never had issues with the original GRUB when I installed it in the root partition of Ubuntu, but when GRUB2 first came out, I couldn't get Easy BCD to recognize it when GRUB2 was installed there. So I gave up and installed it in the disk's MBR. That led to the previously described problem I had when I used Windows to create a partition for additional data that Windows could recognize.

I haven't tried GRUB2 in the Linux root partition yet (I will be in a few days or so, I hope), but the latest version of Easy BCD is supposed to be able to boot to GRUB or you can use the NeoGRUB as a an improved GRUB.

I hope this might be of some help to you, and maybe to others who wiped out their MBR and can't boot to any OS on their hard drive.

Miki

miki underscore erikson at a very warm place for email

Reply   |   Comment by Miki Erikson  –  5 years ago
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Run a backup before using this one.

This installed fine on my windows 7 home 64bit. No alignment was necessary though according to the software. I tried it on a windows xp 32 bit virtual machine. After the process completed windows xp would not boot - operating system not found. Happily a snapshot reversion soon solved that.

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie  –  5 years ago
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Similar to #10:
Using Vista 32 bit, HP laptop
Ran the program, computer crashed. tried to restore using a)Spinrite - no good, partitions too screwed up.. b) Acronis Disk Director - continually loading, no good. c)Genie timeline - no files found to restore. d) finally reformatted and set back to factory settings (only possible by using previously prepared HP disks, internal HP restore files not found). Now I've got the computer in working state I'll try using Genie Timeline to get back to where it was this morning (it's now 1.0 am the next day in UK). Unfortunately my Acronis backup is too old.
All this took hours, wish i'd heeded #10 (einstein) but didn't think I'd be so unlucky.

Reply   |   Comment by mikko  –  5 years ago
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@einstein If your grub booter gets buggered (mostly Windoze does this) try SuperGRUB, a free utility to restore GRUB. Burn it to a disk. It's saved my bacon a few times. (Well, it's saved me a half hour reinstalling Ubuntu.)

Reply   |   Comment by jim van damme  –  5 years ago
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Hello Again,
I just wanted to tell you that I think Paragon's claims of the 300 boost for your disks are true !
I run the alignment tool here, and the drives respond more quickly now well around a 200% boost performance, IMO...
I too have very large drives with many partitions each, but the tool did not take too much time aligning them... Less than an hour for 3 drives.
In my experience, the tool only takes a long time to finish when the partition contains a lot of data, but it will finish quickly if the partition is not that full.
And the benefits (for me at least) were well worth the wait !
Thanks !
Alignment done on Windows XP PRO 32x and Windows Vista Ultimate 64x SP2

Reply   |   Comment by Hector  –  5 years ago
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Realignment: Not just fill in the holes by defragmentation, but leave together what belongs together and reorganize the whole partition. Like pearls on a chain ... If you want, you can look this up in Advanced Defrag or My Defrag ...

Reply   |   Comment by Laptop57  –  5 years ago
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Tuneup utilities 2009 all so Defragentation by 6 cluster to one chunk see.
http://www.paragon-software.com/business/partition-alignment/index.html

don't know if that the same or not ?

Reply   |   Comment by hotdoge3  –  5 years ago
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#31: "Is there any kind of utility that can check the state of alignment first before embarking on a long process that may have little benefit?"

Alignment Tool will 1st show you the partitions/drives it find, if their aligned, & if they can be. Then you choose whether to go forward with any or all. As far as the little benefit goes, I don't know there's any way to tell until you try.

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#48: "... I chose to PAT one partition and now Win 7 64 can no longer see ANY of the 750GB drive..."

If it helps... Judging from my experience the partitions are unmounted first, then Alignment Tool does it's thing. This can break any *temporary* links to anything on the unmounted partition. When it's done the partitions are remounted, & Windows *should* see them. If it doesn't, FWIW I think I'd start by looking for something stopping that refresh, holding on to the old links.

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#58: "... I would guess that this program will probably only reduce the lifecycle of your SSD with unnecessary writing during “alignment” which probably isn’t necessary..."

Running Alignment Tool will tell if it's needed or not. As far as the drive wearing itself out, no offense, but it kind of reminds me of older folks in the 60's covering their furniture in plastic, & then never letting anyone use it. IMHO what's the point of having it if you scared to use it?

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#59: "... What, if any, SSD manufacturer recommends something like this program – surprise me?"

OCZ. Actually from what I've read they recommend a much more drawn out procedure in cooperation with Microsoft, because at the time of their article this app didn't exist. You can also find posts on what's required using GParted.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago
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How does this compare to the free available utility on the western digital homepage? There´s a paragon alignment utility available for free download which also doesn´t require registration. Also this is not restricted to WD drives since you can´t read out the HDD vendor on all external HDD enclosures.
Used this utility twice. After a few minutes the newly partitioned HDD was aligned and ready to use. But i wouldn´t consider using it on a drive that holds any data. This will slow down the process and there´s a risk of data loss. And you can´t interrrupt the program once started.

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  5 years ago
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Now this is serious crapware.
It just deleted my data partition. What a shame.

Reply   |   Comment by jk  –  5 years ago
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Well I never knew my partitions needed aligning! What will they think of next? Seriously, after all the warnings to backup everything by several 'experts' I am absolutely certain that I dont need or want this software anywhere need one my computers.
As to wearing out solid state drives.....I have been defraging USB flash drives and SD cards for many years and not one of them has worn out. Its a bit like people who say your VHS tapes will stop working after a few years; well some of mine are over 30 years old and still play!

Reply   |   Comment by Fivish  –  5 years ago
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Paragon's Alignment Tool 2.0 SE is 1 of their newer style tools without much in the way of their usual GUI -- you basically follow the very simple wizard, bearing in mind that as expected the estimated times are pretty far off. As most recent Paragon software, copying "prgiso.dll" to the program folder [from the system folder where installation puts it] allows the app to run without install (i.e. portably). And as with other Paragon apps on GOTD, 1) the GOTD setup runs a WinRAR self extractor [at the default location of the temp folder, it will delete itself once setup closes], & 2) no WinPE disc image is included [with the file copied as above it worked fine after booting from a LiveXP CD].

If you've installed a larger Western Digital drive you may be familiar with their free alignment utilities, 1 by Acronis & 1 by Paragon. If you buy a new, large Seagate drive you don't have to worry about it [http://goo.gl/zqey]. Seagate also has a decent explanation on just what's going on that alignment became an issue [http://goo.gl/3suS]. Long story short, with a regular hard drive aligning partitions **might** give you a slight performance boost -- If the partition is not properly aligned an SSD [SolidState Drive] you might experience problems [OCZ talks about stuttering] At any rate ***if you don't have problems*** it doesn't take terribly long to align a partition -- it took ~1/2 an hour for each of 2 150 GB partitions, & ~1 hour for the 3rd partition on a 1 TB drive, & that was with an infamously slow model. One of the smaller partitions was done in LiveXP, the other in 7 ult 64.

However the one I did in 7 64 took several hours to get the Alignment Tool to run... it would just finish with a note in read that the partition was not aligned. Other Paragon tools reported a minor error they couldn't fix, Acronis reported nothing, & checking/repairing the partition in XP, 7, & LiveXP made no difference. I eventually used Paragon's software to defrag, compact, & truncate the MFT [Master File Table]... after that I ran 7's disk check/repair, it fixed unspecified errors according to 7's logs, & Paragon's Alignment Tool finally ran & completed. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago
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#¤%"#¤%¤%& software totally crashed my laptop. Have no idea of what went wrong. Single boot, clean Windows Vista. Alignment started on all drives except system drive, but computer crashed and can't be restored. Computer can't boot and windows vista or manufacturer can't restore the system. Really really bad

Reply   |   Comment by Brightsire  –  5 years ago
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will only work on 64 bit mine is 32 bit thank you anyway

Reply   |   Comment by george  –  5 years ago
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@Astraa

Wrong.

This tool is for aligning partitions along sector boundaries, ON A SINGLE DISK.

This is NOT for aligning raid arrays, it is ideal for 4k advanced format drives and solid state drives.

Reply   |   Comment by youguysaredumb  –  5 years ago
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#10 einstein

It's an easy fix for you.
Take a live xubuntu cd. Run the REDO MBR. Grub will be repaired and pick up the windows installation as well and again give you a boot up screen that will give you your OS choices.

Good Luck.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  5 years ago
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I used their partition software about 6 months ago and it wiped out my HD just following the prompts. I lost EVERYTHING! Paragon Sucks!

Reply   |   Comment by RedRhino  –  5 years ago
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I installed this program. Ran it on C: drive, but didn't notice any difference. I ran it on D: drive, but after over 1 1/2 hours I couldn't tell if it was still running, so I used the option to quit by pressing the "ESC" key. It seemed to quit properly, then my computer booted into Windows. But now my D: drive says "Drive is not formatted". I rebooted again, but still the same message.

Reply   |   Comment by kerry  –  5 years ago
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Is this tool worthwhile if you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7? I know it can have great effect in Windows XP, 2000 or older versions of Windows Server, but haven't modern OSes taken care of this problem?

Reply   |   Comment by marvelljones  –  5 years ago
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Installed well on Windows 7 Ultimate both 32 and 64 bit, Ultimate Home Premium 32 and 64 bit and funstions without problems on all 4 PCs tested.

Reply   |   Comment by HansJD  –  5 years ago
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One more "good solution" for a non-existing problem?

Why should I need any Alignment Tool?

Marketing men... Bah!

Reply   |   Comment by Antonio  –  5 years ago
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Should a person consider themselves esoteric enough to appreciate a highly technical software utility and has multiple PC’s to sacrifice for their obsession, then today’s GOTD is definitely for you!

Or, for someone who thinks even a possible extra millisecond or two in a performance gain is worth risking a total system screw-up resulting in a six hour labor intensive effort (along with prayer) that hopefully results in resurrecting their PC from the dead, and with all personal settings and programs intact, then by all means go for it!

Personally, I’ve been whacked enough on the side of the head to finally beat it in that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Reply   |   Comment by aRenegade  –  5 years ago
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Looks like a useful program if you have partitioned disks.

With the costs of disks today, I tend to put another disk in my machine, rather than partition an old disk. But I did download the program anyway, just in case I should need it;)

And I can confirm the program works. I started it, it did some work and told me, more or less: "you do not need to run this as you do not have partitioned disks".

Reply   |   Comment by Spredo  –  5 years ago
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To clarify:
"All our flagship products include this utility by default"

On the http://www.paragon-software.com/business/partition-alignment/index.html page, the side-bar on the lower right has the following:

"Paragon Alignment Tool is included in the following products:

Partition Manager Professional
Partition Manager Server
Partition Manager for Virtual Server

Hard Disk Manager Professional
Hard Disk Manager Workstation
Hard Disk Manager Server
Hard Disk Manager for Virtual Server"

From what I recall, none of these have been offered recently through GAOTD, which is why we haven't seen this before. Of course, if the "Partition Manager" and "Hard Disk Manager" products are considered their "flagship products", then it's likely that we may never see them on GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Bragg  –  5 years ago
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I just uninstalled it. It destroyed my second 1TB maxtor drive.
It took 3 hours of intense blinking the hard drive's idiot light and then it died. All of my data destroyed. Thanks for nothing Paragon. Win XP Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike3  –  5 years ago
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#33 Phils Please check comment #15 by Bin. Standard Microsoft util.

Reply   |   Comment by dale  –  5 years ago
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PS: for the same reason, do not defrag an SSD. What, if any, SSD manufacturer recommends something like this program - surprise me? While Paragon recommends this for SSD's, isn't that just 'self-serving?' It is not like a physical head has to move with an SSD as compared to a regular HD if there is 'misalignment.'

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  5 years ago
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Since Solid State Drives (SSD's) have a limited number of write cycles, and generally have built-in routines to optimize performance. Each sector of an SSD has a limited number of writes before it can no longer be overwritten. Further, SSDs can randomly access any location on the drive and are designed to write data evenly across all sectors. Therefore, I would guess that this program will probably only reduce the lifecycle of your SSD with unnecessary writing during "alignment" which probably isn't necessary. If it ain't broken, don't fix it. SSD's users, I'd pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  5 years ago
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@ams Yes I agree with you, but the point that is being made Why would any normal user want to use this tool, the pure point of the offset does not warrant running it on a single drive system, UNLESS you’re doing a restore from a SATA to SSD, and as post 37.@asaens states for SSD reducing the amount of read writes is a plus. But that opens another can of worms with the MTBF factor. But having said that. one SSD @ 2 million (write endurance) x 64G (capacity) divided by 80M bytes / sec gives the endurance limited life in seconds.
That's a meaningless number - which needs to be divided by seconds in an hour, hours in a day etc etc to give... The end result is 51 years! hmm do we really need this util then? I have this tool already in my arsenal of tools which we use, and we have used it many times in the past and present, but the speed increase is marginal at best, and certainly not 300% on a single drive system. Yes on a SSD it can be greater, but its winning qualities still reside on the RAID platform. Don’t get me wrong I love SSD's and they WILL overtake SATA and all other forms of mechanical drives to come, unless they can beat the SSd's.
44.@richard Yes we do sadly, but for all the wrong reasons, mostly because we pick up the work that is caused by ignorance of instructions being given, and the most often root cause is impatience of the user who just won’t wait to let stuff finish doing its work, on way of putting it is the PICNIC effect (Problem In Chair, Not In Computer), and we all suffer from that at one time or another. And NO I am not saying that any user on this forum is stupid or daft enough to reboot their computers during the running of this tool.

Reply   |   Comment by Astraa  –  5 years ago
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Ran it on an XP partition of a hard drive that had two partitions. Took about 15 minutes to run then claimed the partition was not aligned. It didn't seem to do anything.

It did seem to work for my (flash drive) MP3 player.

From what I can tell, this program is for defragging of SSD drives.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick McNamara  –  5 years ago
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Installed fine on Dell Alienware M17x running 7 home premium 64bit. My laptop is blazing fast and I still notice a faster boot with my 128GB SD drive. Huge thumbs up for this one!!

Reply   |   Comment by Rocker77  –  5 years ago
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I think I will pass on this one folks ... It seems to take a long time to do very little. My hard drive is 1,500 gigs. I doubt if it would be to my best intrests to have to wait until around until the year 2065 for it to get done! W

Reply   |   Comment by whactel  –  5 years ago
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Anyone Else having a problem where the registration window doesn't do anything? It briefly flashes but never opens any online registration page

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  5 years ago
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After reading all of the comments I've come to the conclusion that I would be way over my head using this program and would be courting disaster were I to do so. Although some of my friends think I'm a computer whiz because I've managed to fix 'simple' problems with their computers I know I'm not. With that knowledge comes my decision that the possible benefits of using Paragon Alignment Tool (single user, home tower, Win7) is far outweighed by the fact that getting in over one's head leads to the possibility of drowning. - Thanks to those asking questions and to those giving answers. I've learned quite a bit today. - However, I'll Pass...

Reply   |   Comment by pryng1  –  5 years ago
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I run Windows XP on a MAC using VMWare fusion. After reading carefully the introduction provided by the developer I decided to give a try to this alignment tool. The password was in my e-mail box within a minute. The process was completed in half an hour and the performance of my system has visibly improved. If I understand correctly the way this tool operates there is little chance that a damage may be caused by this process but one should be aware of the inherent risks in partitioning a drive. Setting a restore point is a must. A simple back up maybe not sufficient. Great software, thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Pidipix  –  5 years ago
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In case anyone has trouble getting the installer to bring it up, the registration page is at http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/pat.html.

P.S.
I very strongly recommend doing a full backup of your system before employing software of this sort; anything that manipulates disk partitions is inherently dangerous and could wipe out all your data.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Stone  –  5 years ago
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Thomas Edison's Secret Lab Giveaway
Together with Thomas Edison, the greatest inventor of all time, the Secret Lab Kids...
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Quick Drafts Giveaway
Capture and share your ideas with Quick Drafts. Easy, fast and reliable. Quick Drafts...
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Fluffy Rush - Multiplayer Race Giveaway
Real-time online multiplayer race with your friends or random players from across...
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Suru for Android Giveaway
Suru is a vivid, high-resolution icon pack for Android to install and use with your...
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Ultimate Skylanders Reference Giveaway
The ultimate guide to Skylanders Characters. Character Attributes, Stats, and Character...
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Jewelion Giveaway
Go on a Match 3 Magical Adventure. Become an apprentice to a powerful Archon named...
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QuikCoach V2 - Sports Analysis Giveaway
QuikCoach is a sports video analyses and planning application for Android tablets...
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