Paragon Software Group surveyed more than 10,000 home PC users that own Paragon's Hard Disk Manager, and a fair chunk of them aren't taking full advantage of the functions it provides.
Approximately half of the respondents don't wipe old hard drives or rely on the basic wipe provided by reformatting the drive, instead of the more thorough data erasure available in the program.
Around 45% don't use automatic partition alignment. Basically, you want the logical blocks of a partition to align with the physical blocks of the drive, otherwise extra physical read or write operations may be needed to complete a logical operation. Recent versions of Windows automatically align partitions during the installation process, but other formatting programs may not.
Partition alignment is particularly important to get the best performance from an SSD, and over 60% of respondents said they use or plan to use SSDs, with 23% planning to use SSD in the near future.
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