If you are still running Windows XP (yes there are still people running it) and you want to take advantage of the new 3TB hard drives up until now you would have been out of luck. Fortunately Paragon have stepped up with software software to enable this, and even better, its free!
Paragon GPT Loader includes a special system driver for Windows XP and a utility for initializing ultra- high capacity drives. The driver adds support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) disks, while the utility initializes modern 3TB+ drives ready for use.
Hardware manufacturers are producing disk drives with geometric increases in disk capacity compared to a few years ago, broadening their appeal and functionality for a wide spectrum of end users. The new 3TB drives are ideal for storing large files such as HD-video, archived images and music in lossless compression format. They can be used as external storage devices alongside desktops and laptops, or inserted inside workstations and home computers. When technology improves as quickly as it has with storage capacity on HDDs, the surrounding software technology often has to catch up.
This is the case with 3TB+ drives, which are out of the supported size range for the popular Windows XP 32-bit system. Though two new Windows versions have been released since XP, it’s still utilized on 51% of computers worldwide. Meaning, roughly half of PC users simply cannot use the new hard disk drives.
A New Solution from Paragon
Paragon Software has met this vital need by developing a unique technology, which is currently implemented in Paragon GPT Loader. It includes a special driver, which augments Windows XP by adding support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) disks and a utility to help you initialize ultra high capacity drives (larger than 2.2TB).
Note! The current version of Paragon GPT Loader cannot help you to accomodate Windows OS on a 3TB+ drive. Its main purpose is to provide access to 3TB+ drives or as a secondary device under Windows XP. You should use a single (internally connected) 3TB drive, no RAIDs and external drives are supported.
You can sign up to the Paragon early adoptor program here:
Here is the full press release:
London UK, November 4th, 2010 – Paragon Software Group (PSG), the technology leader in innovative data security and data management solutions, today announced the release of a new migration technology – Paragon GPT Loader for Windows XP. The new technology helps Windows XP users gain full access to all 3TB+ modern hard disk drives as secondary drives in the system and, consequently, increases PC hard disk drive capacity.
Hardware manufacturers are producing disk drives with geometric increases in disk capacity compared to a few years ago, broadening their appeal and functionality for a wide spectrum of end users. The new 3TB and larger drives – ideal for storing sizeable files such as HD-video, archived images and music in lossless compression format – can be used as external storage devices alongside desktops and laptops, or inserted inside workstations and home computers. As opposed to modern Vista and Windows 7, older Windows XP (currently utilized on 51% of computers worldwide), do not support hard disk drives larger than 2TB, recognizing only 2^32 sectors of the disk, or 2TB (2048GB) of data.
Previously, Windows users who wanted a new 3TB+ drive had two options: The first, simply plugging the drive into the computer and using the 3TB+ drive as a 2TB drive, meant paying for storage that could not be utilized. The second, upgrading a well-tuned and familiar OS to Windows 7 in order to make GPT partitions on the new 3TB+ drive, meant risking a hardware upgrade, if the computer did not have the performance level for the new OS. Paragon Software Group, however, has developed a cost- and resource-effective third option: the use of a specially designed driver, Paragon GPT Loader, which adds the functionality to support the GPT partitioning scheme to grant full, native access to large hard disk drives under Windows XP. For more information about the product, please visit: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/gpt-loader/index.html
Availability & System Requirements:
Paragon GPT Loader supports Windows XP computers and is available for immediate download, free of charge: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/gpt-loader/index.html. As part of the Early Adopter Program, interested parties are invited to run pre-production software to help validate features of the new technology.
White paper: http://www.paragon-software.com/docs/GPT_Loader_Article.pdf
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, 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, Toshiba, NEC, Siemens, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and more. For more information please visit the company website at www.paragon-software.com.
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