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62% Of Android Customers Access Multimedia Files from External Storage: Paragon

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 23, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has collected statistics from a random sampling of 50,000 Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB users over the month of July 2018. This data included Android users working with external storage media formatted as exFAT, NTFS, HFS+, and FAT32. The participants accessed partitions from external storage media on Android systems 6.0 and above, from Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 devices. Collected statistics included the file system format accessed and duration of operation, the type of file operations performed (copy, move, delete, et al), types of volumes accessed (picture, video, music), and other factors.

Statistics revealed that NTFS by far remains the most popular file system by Android users. Out of 44 percent of users mounting volumes, 61.5 percent accessed NTFS-formatted volumes, 30 percent FAT, eight percent exFAT, and only half a percent read or wrote data to HFS+ drives. Android users primarily access games or multimedia files, such as pictures, audio, and video, while the most frequent operations included copying, moving, and deleting files.

What are the most popular interests of Android users working with removable storage media? They are:

  • 67.4% technology/mobile enthusiasts;
  • 59.4% media and entertainment/comics and animation fans;
  • 58.8% shoppers;
  • 53.9% news and politics/avid news readers;
  • 51.9% technology/technophiles;
  • 47.2% lifestyles and hobbies/shutterbugs;
  • 43.3% value shoppers;
  • 39.5% home and garden/Do-It-Yourselfers;
  • 36.8% media and entertainment/movie lovers.

The trend shows the popularity of NTFS file system almost by a factor of two compared to all other file systems combined. The collected statistics also demonstrate that the majority of on-the-go Android users require access to external storage media for multimedia files. In addition, statistics show that the popularity of Android TV is growing. Compared to the previous quarter, in 2018 four percent more Android users utilized the app to access files larger than 40GB, primarily HD and 4K video files from external storage drives mounted directly on Android TV and set-top boxes. Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB allows Android users to watch high-definition and ultra high-definition videos of any size using previously incompatible removable media formatted in Windows and macOS file systems, including NTFS, FAT32, or HFS+.

Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software makes it possible for Android users to exchange data between external storage media larger than 32GB and the latest consumer electronics devices. The tool enables instant, non-root, offline access to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, or HFS+ data from external storage drives directly on Android smartphones and tablets. For improved on-the-go organization and easy mobile access, Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB allows users to easily view, backup, copy, and edit important documents, photos, videos, music, or other files between Android mobile devices and portable hard drives or flash drives.

 

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Paragon Software Group Announces Mojave Preview NTFS for Mac and APFS for Windows

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group released two macOS Mojave-optimized drivers — NTFS for Mac and APFS for Windows, for early adopters working on Mac and Windows systems.

  1. NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software Mojave Preview editionis a high-performance tool that enables you to write, copy, edit, move or delete files on Microsoft NTFS-formatted drives from your Mac. The tool is fully compatible with Mojave Preview and is available as a free download: https://www.paragon-software.com/paragon-mojave-tools-preview/#ntfs-for-mac

Key features:

  • Mount, unmount, verify, format or set any of Microsoft NTFS volumes as a startup drive;
  • Mount in Read-Only if you need to access sensitive data without modifying any files;
  • “Do not mount automatically” option for when you want to manually control volumes access;
  • Quickly restart your Mac in Windows from the menu bar;
  • Intuitive and Apple-user friendly utility interface.

 

  1. APFS for Windows by Paragon SoftwarePreview edition — a driver which enables Windows users to access Apple File System (APFS) volumes on PCs, now with full support on Fusion Drives in macOS Mojave Preview.  The revamped APFS for Windows comes with support for encrypted volumes and APFS Containers composed of multiple partitions. Free download: https://www.paragon-software.com/paragon-mojave-tools-preview/#apfs-for-windows

Key features:

  • Fail-safe operability across compatible hardware and software;
  • Protection of data integrity and prevention of data loss;
  • Effective flow control, reduced overheads, congestion avoidance;
  • Thrifty usage of processor, memory, and disk resources.

Both tools are available for free download: https://www.paragon-software.com/paragon-mojave-tools-preview/#apfs-for-windows

 

Paragon Software Releases Paragon Backup & Recovery Free

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 11, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has released new Paragon Backup & Recovery Free – an easy-to-use, set-and-forget data management tool with all the essential backup and recovery functionality to fulfill the needs of PC users. This free data protection software has a revamped, intuitive UI packed with essential features. The software enables you to completely protect your PC data by creating backups of individual files, partitions, or the entire Windows system in a snap, as well as restore data in WinPE, if required. Once the user has taken a few easy steps to set up the backup, the tool can function in the automated mode.

Key features:

  • Disk Backup – Save not only disk data but also system service structures
  • Differential Backup – Save backup storage space by archiving only what’s changed since the last full sector-based image
  • Incremental Backup – Back up modified data along with a full sector-based archive
  • Flexible Restore (in WinPE) – Restore an entire disk, separate partitions, or only the files you need from previous backup images
  • Recovery Media – Create a bootable USB Flash drive, CD, or DVD to recover your PC on demand
  • Easy Recalibration – Restore contents of a 512-byte hard disk to a 4K hard disk with no additional input from your side
  • WinPE-based Recovery Environment – Create a full-fledged Windows-based recovery environment stored on bootable media.

For more advanced data management functionality, the company offers Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Windows– an all-in-one data management tool combining the backup, recovery, partition management, data migration and data wiping technologies. Earlier this year, Paragon Software also released APFS for Windows by Paragon Software,  a driver for Windows users working with Mac volumes. The software enables instant read/write access to APFS-formatted hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), or flash drives directly on Windows PCs.

Availability: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free is available to home users at no cost at https://www.paragon-software.com/free/br-free/

Paragon Software Announces Free APFS to HFS+ Converter

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has released APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software – a free system utility to work around APFS limitations by reverting back to HFS+ for specific use cases. If you are facing APFS limitations, such as incompatibility with Time Machine backups or FileVault 2 drive encryption, inability to format Fusion drives, or other drawbacks, the free APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software easily resolves the problem, reformatting volumes back to the original HFS+. To ensure maximum data safety, you can first create recovery media, boot your Mac from that volume, then convert the system volume.

How it works:

  1. Download and install APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software.
  2. Select a desired volume for conversion.
  3. Optional: Create recovery media in case of system disk conversion.
  4. Perform the conversion.

Earlier this year, Paragon Software released APFS for Windows by Paragon Software, a driver which enables Windows users to access APFS volumes on PCs. The tool enables full read and beta write access for APFS-formatted partitions. With APFS for Windows by Paragon Software, PC users are able to instantly access and write to APFS-formatted hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), or flash drives directly on Windows PCs.

System requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 or above
  • Sufficient disk space for conversion output (based on volume size)

Availability: APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software is available free of charge at https://www.paragon-software.com/home/apfs-hfs-converter/ APFS for Windows by Paragon Software is available for $49.95 from https://www.paragon-software.com/home/apfs-windows/, can be used on up to three PCs, and comes with a free 10-day trial.

Paragon Software Releases Image Mounter

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 20, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has released Image Mounter by Paragon Software – a multi-format disk image mounter that enables in-depth analysis of user data. The software allows mounting RAW images and virtual drives, such as VMDK, VDI, VHD, pVHD, and VHDX. Integration with proprietary file system drivers enables smooth, high-performance operation with Linux and APFS-formatted drives under Windows. This tool targets IT professionals, researchers, and forensic experts requiring bit-to-bit copy of volumes or entire devices.

Features:

  • Mount RAW images and a variety of virtual disk images;
  • Physical level mounting of disks, including all partitions;
  • Automatic OS mounting of partitions when formatted in known formats;
  • File System Link technology to ensure cross-platform compatibility across Linux, HFS+, and APFS-formatted drives in a Windows environment;
  • Full availability of standard OS features for handling mounted disks of known formats;
  • Mount mode selection: Read-only or read-write;
  • Easy unmount in any required order.

Paragon File System Link — a set of cross-platform file system drivers — is available as a user application, self-contained kernel, embedded modules, or full-blown SDK libraries. Paragon File System Link ensures data safety, stable operation, native performance, minimal resource footprint, and consistent user experience. For OEM inquiries, please contact the Paragon Technology Center at www.paragon-software.com/technologies/

Availability: The preview version of Image Mounter by Paragon Software can be downloaded free from https://www.paragon-software.com/business/image-mounter/

X-plore 4.0 – Industry’s First Mobile File Manager Supporting Top Microsoft, Apple File Systems On Android

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 26, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software, a leading file system and storage management expert, and Lonely Cat Games, a mobile application and games developer, announce a partnership with the release of X-plore 4.0, the industry’s first mobile file manager to support removable storage media formatted with any of four top file systems: exFAT, NTFS, FAT32, and HFS+ on Android systems. Likewise, Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB On-the-Go by Paragon Software now supports the X-plore 4.0 file manager app, enabling Android users to perform advanced file management options on smartphone and tablet devices.

With over 11 million downloads, the feature-packed X-plore is one of the market-leading file managers for Android. By using X-plore, mobile device owners can access remote files not only in the cloud, but also on LAN storage. X-plore can display shared folders on other computers in a local area network, or access files stored on various cloud servers.The latest release delivers additional data storage options for X-plore users, such as instant access to USBs and other removable storage media formatted with the most popular Windows and Mac file system formats connected to mobile devices via USB OTG. The integrated exFAT/NTFS for USB technology enables instant access to HFS+, exFAT, NTFS, or FAT32-formatted removable storage media on smartphones, tablets, or Android TVs.

The new edition of Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software now also integrates support for X-plore, allowing users access to even more advanced file management options. Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB has been fully integrated into the native user interface of both Android apps. 

Availability: X-plore is available at Google Play as free application, with possible in-app purchase of 3€ to unlock all functions. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lonelycatgames. Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software is available at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paragon.tcplugins_ntfs_ro&referrer=utm_source%3Dpress-release. File systems can be purchased separately or together as a pack for just 9.99€. All current users of X-plore and Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software receive free upgrades.

#PSA: Mac Users Who Didn’t Upgrade To High Sierra Can Now Get Read Only Access To APFS Volumes

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 9, 2018 by itnerd

When macOS High Sierra came out last year, it introduced a new filesystem called Apple File System or APFS. When I looked at the filesystem in detail a while back, I noted that this filesystem could only be used and accessed by Macs running High Sierra. So if you were on an earlier version of macOS and you needed info off a APFS formatted USB stick, you were out of luck.

That has now changed thanks to the folks at Paragon Software. They have now come out with a piece of software called the APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS. It promises to give users of an older version of macOS read only access to an APFS volume. Which means that you can pull a document of a USB stick and save it to the local drive of your Mac for editing. The only catch is that the drive must not be encrypted which is understandable.

The APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS is free and is available for for OS X 10.10 through macOS 10.12. I should also note that Linux and Windows versions are also available. I will be doing a review of this product in the coming weeks, but in the meantime if you try this out, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this.