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PowerQuest DriveCopy 3.0 Adds Support for Linux, Windows 2000 Professional

OREM, Utah, May 2, 2000 - PowerQuest® Corp., a leader in hard drive and server management software, announces DriveCopy 3.0 with support for Windows 2000 Professional, Linux Ext2 file systems and Linux swap files. The new version also includes support for hard drives larger than the previous 8.4GB limit.

DriveCopy 3.0 allows users to easily upgrade their hard drives by copying an exact duplicate of their existing drive to a newly installed drive and setting the computer to boot from the new drive. The simple, three-step process migrates all data, operating systems, and partitions on the previous hard drive to the new one with minimal user intervention. It also allows the user to create extended partitions and hide or unhide specific partitions on the fly.

Common DriveCopy Scenario
As an example of how DriveCopy is used, a computer user with a 3GB hard drive divided into 1GB and 2GB partitions purchased a 30GB hard drive to meet their need for additional storage space. The user created setup diskettes using the DriveCopy CD, connected the new hard drive to an available IDE or SCSI cable and adjusted the jumper settings. The user then re-booted the computer with the DriveCopy diskettes following the simple, on-screen instructions. DriveCopy 3.0 placed an exact duplicate of the 3GB hard drive on the new 30GB hard drive, making two partitions of 10GB and 20GB. The user did not need to reset preferences, toolbars, or any of the many settings that had previously been added. Within minutes, the computer was ready to use.

"With the plummeting prices of storage devices, PC users are buying bigger drives. DriveCopy 3.0 helps users make the upgrade to a larger hard drive without the hassle or risk of losing their data," said Mike Kunz, product line manager at PowerQuest. "They can copy their entire hard drive or specified partitions to the new drive, preserving all partitions, settings, and every byte of data, and be ready to use it in minutes."

In addition to expanding partitions to proportionally fill larger hard drives, DriveCopy 3.0 can shrink partitions on the fly to stay in proportion to the partitions on the source drive. For example, a user has data on a 20GB hard drive that needs to be copied to an 8GB hard drive. DriveCopy can replicate the entire hard drive or specified partitions to the smaller hard drive keeping partition proportions intact. It can also resize partitions to the user's specifications.

Additional SmartSector Support
SmartSector technology, the underlying power in DriveCopy 3.0, has two distinct advantages over file-by-file copy methods. First, SmartSector reads the file allocation table or master file table, then reads each track on the hard drive only once, improving speed and accuracy, instead of moving back and forth between tracks as file-by-file copy methods do.

Second, SmartSector preserves the exact placement of file blocks or clusters, ensuring that hard drive and Windows optimizations are copied in their exact state to the new hard drive. File-based solutions copy the data and then relocate clusters as they copy the files to the new destination drive. SmartSector also ensures that copy-protected programs that rely on file or cluster location will operate properly after being copied to the new destination drive. DriveCopy 3.0 supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linux Ext2, and HPFS file systems and Linux swap files. It also preserves long file names and checks the integrity of both the source and target drives to avoid data loss.

About PowerQuest
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries.

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