Which Paragon Program To Buy

Discussion in 'Other Paragon Disk Utilities' started by Big_Al_C, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Big_Al_C

    Big_Al_C Registered Member

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    December 23, 2013

    Dear Forum,

    I have a post in another forum if you want to see my setup:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=2319578#post2319578

    however, I need to know which Paragon program I need to buy

    and to clarify a question.


    I'm sure you're aware that Toshiba bought out Hitachi.

    In PC World's "Everything You Need to Know About 3TB Hard Drives"

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/235088/everything_you_need_to_know_about_3TB_hard_drives.html

    there is this statement:

    "Another differentiator between the drives turned out to
    be the software. Hitachi includes a driver/partitioning
    utility (from Paragon Software) that allows you to utilize
    all 3TB in a single partition. By contrast, as of this writing,
    the Acronis software favored by Seagate and WD allows you to use
    the entire drive capacity, but only in separate 2.2TB and 800GB
    partitions. To create a single volume, you need to follow the
    previously mentioned tip about combining partitions using Windows
    dynamic disks."

    Is the part

    "Hitachi includes a driver/partitioning utility (from Paragon
    Software) that allows you to utilize all 3TB in a single partition."

    referring to MBR or GPT?

    The PAT I downloaded from Toshiba for my 2TB PH3200U-1I72

    http://storage.toshiba.eu/cms/en/support_services/advanced_format.html

    seems to just have the ability to "Align" the Toshiba and nothing else.

    I'm assuming (unfortunately) the PAT will ONLY make it GPT.

    Assuming that IS the case, does Paragon have ANY software to make

    my 3TB ALL MBR, as in the reply from TeraByte Unlimited:


    If you expose the 4K sector size and not the emulated

    normal 512 byte sector size, you can use an MBR and

    use the entire space (up to 16TiB).

    0xFFFFFFFF*512=2,199,023,255,040
    0xFFFFFFFF*4096=17,592,186,040,320


    You may not be aware that Acronis makes software for Seagate and

    WD that allows full 3TB MBR access, but I'm not 100% sure I can

    trust it with my precious data.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCLGfj1LSmI

    If someone could let me know these answers, I would really

    appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance.

    Al
     
  2. Big_Al_C

    Big_Al_C Registered Member

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    The End Is Here

    Sorry to say that I've heard from numerous people with 3+ TB's

    and they have grave reservations about Acronis/Seagate/WD's

    Extended Capacity Manager to get full MBR 3TB HDD's and they

    say that the "4096", "NTFS" and "Format" won't work.


    Well, I HATE to admit defeat, but since I CANNOT find the

    Ghost v11.5.1.2298 from GSS 2.5.1 that DOES see GPT HDD's,

    I've concluded that my only recourse is to relegate my 3TB to

    GPT and to BACKUP status to my 2TB Toshiba and dusted-off 1TB

    Hitachi MBR HDD's that I'll be using as my main drives.


    After numerous E-Mails to a bunch of Cloning Software companies,

    I've settled on MiniTool Partition Wizard v8.1.1 from

    http://www.partitionwizard.com (To top it off, it's FREE!!!)

    to pre-partition my 3TBer and to do the "Copy partitions from

    my 1 and 2TB MBR's to partitions on my 3TB GPT" and use my

    Ghost v11.5.1.2269's Make and Restore Bootable CD's to do my

    MBR C and D Drive imaging chores.

    It's been fun--NOT!
     
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