Free eBook and Paragon Alignment Tool!

Paragon Software wants to prove to you that misaligned partitions has a significant detrimental effect on your computer’s performance. To do so, for a limited time – until July 31, 2010 – Paragon is giving away a free 10 page eBook (“Partition Alignment Dramatically Increases System Performance”) and their Paragon Alignment Tool ($29.95 value). Here is Paragon’s sales pitch to show why you need Paragon Alignment Tool:

The problem of inevitable degradation of the disk subsystem performance caused by misaligned partitions dates back to the nineties. From being a headache for IT administrators who wanted to get the most out of disk arrays, it’s become crucial for all of us with appearance of SSD (solid state drive) and ultra high-capacity hard drives. Moreover, the growing popularity of virtualized systems has aggravated the situation even more. Does the problem that bad? Just see it for yourself:

Obviously misalignment of logical partition sectors and actual physical sectors leads to redundant read/write operations, which is critical for overall performance, and with SSD, for its lifespan as well. With our PAT (Paragon Alignment Tool) you can forget about these problems once and for all. It will help you align partitions on physical and virtual disks according to internal device’s geometry without affecting the on-disk data.

Why Paragon Alignment Tool

  • The only tool that alligns 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

If you want Paragon Alignment Tool – and the eBook – follow these directions:

Version being given out for free: v2.0

Free updates: Unknown

Supported OS: Unknown

Download size: 29.7 MB

Since Paragon Alignment Tool is aimed at businesses, the form asks you for a “Company Name”; if you are using Paragon Net Burner for home, just put something like “Home Use”.

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail you registered with. There should be an e-mail from “eservice@paragon-software.com” with the subject of “Paragon Software Group – Paragon Alignment Tool 2.0 Special Edition (English)”. In the e-mail you will find the link to the eBook, link to download Paragon Alignment Tool, and your registration information for Paragon Alignment Tool:

  • Download and install Paragon Alignment Tool. During installation you will be promoted to enter the registration information you received via e-mail:

Enter the registration information and finish installing.

  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting the eBook or Paragon Alignment Tool for free, post below and I will try to help.

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26 comments

  1. Graham Foster

    I don’t seem to be able to find the alignment tool anywhere! Its not even on the paragon website. I already have Paragon Hard Disk manager 2010 – and its not part of that suite either. Basically I just migrated to a Vertex SSD (using the Paragon suite) and (apparently) my SSD is seriously out of alignment.
    Can you still help in obtaining this alignment tool please? I’m on Winx 7 home premium 64 bit (if that makes a difference)
    Thx

  2. Rick L

    LOL. I thought I was the only one who lost his weekend fiddling with this thing!
    It seems I’ve always thought that if you’re not breaking your computer, you’re not trying hard enough!
    Of course, I was also trying tp bring up openSUSE 11.2 at the same time.
    I’m reverting to Ubuntu, (for better support).
    But I’m just asking for trouble. I won’t be happy til this laptop can boot into Win7 64, Ubuntu, And Mac OS X.
    I’m glad the walls are padded in here!

  3. alan

    @David:
    If it accidentally removes restore points then no existing data is safe.
     
    On the other hand it could be deliberate because there is NO WAY a Restore Point would be able to put your RAID Disc system back as it was.
     

  4. David

    Watch out!

    1. System restore points are removed.

    2. It’s -probably- wrong to try to use any registry backup or restoration after undertaking this process, since it seems some data is written to a registry hive by this program (according to its GUI).

    These effects are NOT in the pdf doct.

    Hmm. caveat utilitor (can’t say ‘emptor’ as it’s free).

  5. OldElmerFudd

    @Frank: You’re right, especially when setting up a regular machine. My requirements are somewhat different, and specific to my situation. I use all drives in a hot-swappable environment, for daily backups and imaging. I do this for security’s sake, since a portion of my time is spent with commercial photography. If any drive, including an SSD, shows signs of unfixable read/write issues, or imminent failure, it gets replaced permanently. YMMV.
    -best

  6. Ed

    @Frank: I knew someone would object (that’s why I said “color me blue”).  We mix several things in this salad; we don’t know what Ashraf’s job is or should be. In fact, I would defend his right to make it be of his own choosing. Whereas someone like me would prefer a more conservative approach to freebies, others probably want the chance to have them first, or risk the chance promotions may be over by the time enough people judge their usefulness. In the end I’m sure it has to do with your own experience. Any time you’ve been burned, you probably hope you had never heard of the culprit. All I was trying to suggest was to take enough time to read other’s experiences before messing with your environment. Cheers

  7. gpc111

    Thanks for the heads up Ashraf. But I try to avoid Paragon software. I may be wrong but I feel their programs are bloated. Other programs can do the same function but be much smaller. I also dislike the registration process they use. Just give us the key in a readme file… but don’t make us go through the email shuffle routine. Finally the version they “give” us is not the full version. Granted it is more than the free version but not as good as the paid version. Most offers smell of share ware to me. If I want share ware I’ll go to Download.com, Softpedia, etc. That’s just my feelings. Your mileage may vary.

  8. OldElmerFudd

    OK – a quick recap. This software solution is aimed primarily at sysadmins who maintain one or more drive arrays and are experiencing problems interfacing drives in an array – some form of RAID. Home users who have a small setup only rarely have issues with their drives that this software can help, in my experience. I encourage everyone to thoroughly read the white paper before doing anything else.
     
    It can be used to repair arrays that are mis-aligned, but it also works very well when integrating a SSD with mechanical drives, as I did last week. (New build – 60 MB SSD and three mechanical drives in a graphics machine)



    @Patrick: Thanks for the Unix info. I work almost exclusively in a Windows environment, so I’m not familiar with Linux solutions.

  9. Frank

    @Ed
    that’s not fair! ANY software can destroy your computer. I even saw broken computers after installing a harmless (on others) screensaver.
    Sure, registry doctors, disk tools etc, can cause more harm but it’s up to you to decide what to use and whom to trust. It’s not Ashrafs job. And others were pretty sad if they weren’t informed about such freeware (BTW, I paid 30$ to get my MBR destroyed ;) ).
     
    Regards, Frank

  10. Ed

    I read comments 7 thru 10 and realize how important it is to wait before doing anything. A website probably “likes” to be the first to offer a free anything, but sometimes the review is not thorough enough to warn you of potential consequences. Caveat Emptor and color me blue, but I’d rather not be offered freebies that can destroy your environment.

  11. Josh

    Too geeky for me. Besides, I’m very busy at the moment. Trying to determine whether ants have 6 or 8 legs or whether two of those are redundant duplicates of four others divided by two or multiplied by a factor equal to one third of the total. The people at Paragon must be scientists, so maybe I can get some help there :-)

  12. alan

    @blue:
    If you had succeeded in aborting the process you could have lost all data.
     
    Obviously with a tool like this you need to have complete backups of all that is precious to you, and this includes not just the files you see, and the entire operating system, but also boot sector / MBR etc.
    Good idea to at least make a backup image of the system partition.
    An image gives me peace of mind when cleaning the registry.
    Even with an image I have high anxiety when adjusting partitions with the tool that created them and is certified for my O.S.
     
    I use a partition manager that is careful not to lose existing live data as it repositions and or resizes partitions.
    I have not seen any such claim for this tool.  This tool is intended for System Administrators, possibly assuming it will only reconfigure new drives that have not yet received any live user data.
    To heighten excitement, this tool is tagged Supported OS: Unknown

  13. blue

    WARNING!! This program stole 3 hours and 40 minutes out of my business day. It wouldn’t let me turn it off (warnings about data loss) and though it *said* I could interrupt it, it refused to do so.
    The result? 3 hours and 40 minutes later it finished and I noticed absolutely NO difference in performance.
    I will NEVER, EVER put another Paragon product on my hard drive and I hope that you don’t, either. This company needs to be punished for this.
     

  14. Patrick

    @ Unicorn02

    Perhaps contact them via http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4123&Itemid=2701125 ?

    Keep in mind that Unix/Linux, being a totally different OS, uses a totally different system for HD format and access. Perhaps Unix/Linux does not suffer from this alignment problem.

    OldElmerFudd’s link above directs you to a somewhat more detailed article -thanks OEF!- but doesn’t mention anything about Unix/Linux. A bit further down the page, on the right hand side, you’ll find a box that directs you to Paragon’s Unix Section.

    Of course you may google for Unix/Linux disc organisation etc. or contact a specialized forum (for your version of Unix/Linux). Surely they have the answers…

    Hope this is helpfull.

    Greetz.
    Patrick

  15. alan

    I think this tool might be suitable for my single HDD if I had “partitions inside virtual containers” – whatever that may be ! !
    If I could fit another HDD within my laptop this tool might be of use, but ONLY if I use RAID (or similar) data duplication (halving the amount of duplicated data)
    I doubt that SSD will benefit from this tool if the SSD merely replaces my HDD,  I assume that increases endurance of SSD drives only applies when a SSD is part of a RAID etc,, and does not apply to a SSD that is simply a high speed upgrade replacement for my Laptop HDD.
     
    I suggest this is ONLY useful when the writing of a file by a user results in the redundant physical writing of data sectors in more than one physical disk or partition with the hope that if one sector loses integrity the redundancy of data duplication will allow the original file to still be read on demand.
     
    Those are my opinions which have not changed since reading the link given by OldElemerFudd, but I will be happy to defer to anyone who can explain how this tool could be of use for the “normal” home user of a P.C.
     

  16. unicorn02

    What about Linux PCs / other OS? The software only installs on Windows PCs and the boot cd they also offer is only for recovery from failed alignment operations and cannot align partitions (what I at least expected). Nice product, but a pain for Linux people.

  17. OldElmerFudd

    No, partition alignment has nothing to do with defragging. To quote Microsoft: “Disk performance may be slower than expected when you use multiple disks in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, in Microsoft Windows XP, and in Microsoft Windows 2000. For example, performance may slow when you use a hardware-based redundant array of independent disks (RAID) or a software-based RAID.
    This issue may occur if the starting location of the partition is not aligned with a stripe unit boundary in the disk partition that is created on the RAID.

    A volume cluster may be created over a stripe unit boundary instead of next to the stripe unit boundary. This is because Windows uses a factor of 512 bytes to create volume clusters. This behavior causes a misaligned partition. Two disk groups are accessed when a single volume cluster is updated on a misaligned partition.

    Windows creates partitions that are based on a predefined number of sectors. (For instance), the starting location for a disk partition in Windows Server 2003 is either the 32nd or the 64th sector, depending on the information that is presented to the operating system by the mass storage controller.
    This article by a Paragon representative may be easier to understand:
    http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8840:ssd-storage-demands-proper-partition-alignment&catid=99:cover-story&Itemid=2701018