If your spinning HDD is coincidentally aligned as most of mine appear to be then Windows Imaging should be fine. If not I would have thought Windows would rigidly follow the original partition structure. I don't think the article referred to by karlsnooks specially refers to the reimaging behavior
of Windows. If you clean install to an SSD then Windows will do correct alignment.
I decided to prepare my SSD and use the Macrium drag & drop image method to retain the prepared alignment. After that I use my primary imaging tool - Windows inbuilt imaging.
Add: If space on the SSD is tight you can reduce the size of your pagefile and disable hibernation if not required. Have a look here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1133897/w...tweaking-guide