Will the 4K hard disk format affect restores?

Discussion in 'Paragon Drive Backup Product Line' started by Robin A., Mar 11, 2010.

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  1. Robin A.

    Robin A. Registered Member

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    Beginning in 2011, all hard drives will use the 4K format system, to replace the 512 byte sector system. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8557144.stm.
    Question: if I create a system partition image now from a 512 byte hard drive, and later try to restore it to a new, 4K drive, will the restore work? Does it depend on the OS, XP or 7?
     
  2. Paragon_Tommy

    Paragon_Tommy Paragon Moderator

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    If you restore a backup from a 512 HD and restore it to one of the new 4K HD, it will be misaligned and noticeable performance decrease. Paragon worked with Western Digital and developed a Alignment tool that emulates and realigns the hard drive.

    Windows 32 bit OS: WD Align System Utility - Powered by Paragon

    http://support.wdc.com/product/downloadsw.asp?sid=123

    And I'm sure other major HD manufacturers will have similar tools.
     
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