Advanced Format Hard Disk Drives
Toshiba Alignment Tool for Advanced Format Hard Disk Drives (HDD) no longer be available for download
Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba's affiliated companies made available a Partition Alignment Tool for customers that use Toshiba 4K Advanced Format (AF) hard disk drives (HDD) in Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system (OS) environments. With Microsoft® ending complete support for its Windows® XP OS on April 8 2014, Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba's affiliated accompanies will no longer offer the Partition Alignment Tool. Customers planning to continue use of Windows® XP along with Toshiba AF HDDs should consider the use of a third party alignment tool as it may help improve overall system performance.
An unaffiliated, 3rd party vendor that provides an alignment tool for use with 4K AF HDDs is Paragon Software http://www.paragon-software.com/home/partition-alignment/. It is important to note that Toshiba does not recommend or endorse Paragon Software or any other 3 rd party vendor or 4K alignment utility. The use of such software is entirely at the user's own discretion and risk, and Toshiba is in no way responsible for such use.