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Windows 7: Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition ?

03 Dec 2014   #11
DavidE

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What is "alignment"?
Here is a tutorial by whs that explains SSD alignment:
SSD Alignment


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03 Dec 2014   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

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David, you have to align before you restore the image. I use Partition Wizard..
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03 Dec 2014   #13
DavidE

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I did have it aligned before the restore.
I aligned it when I created the partitions.
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03 Dec 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Then you probably 'dragged' the partitions from the image to freespace on the SSD. That maintained the HDD alignment.


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03 Dec 2014   #15
DavidE

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I don't have and didn't have any freespace on the SSD.
I pre allocated all partitions on the SSD, and checked alignment.
Seems it somehow kept the HDD alignment anyway ???
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03 Dec 2014   #16
whs
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If you follow the rules, it should work. Else what you can do is define a very small 100MB aligned partition at the beginning of the SSD and leave the rest freespace. Then restore into the freespace.
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03 Dec 2014   #17
DavidE

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I wondered about creating a small aligned partition as the first partition like you mentioned.
Thanks for letting me know that would work.
I'm even considering creating a "System Reserved" partition and move the BOOT code to there.
That would then be the first partition, aligned, probably 350 MB.

Depending how things play out I'll probably replace one of the Win 7 OSs with Win 10 when that goes live.

Anyway, if I did somehow copy the HDD alignment to the SSD, that shouldn't be a problem going forward, as long as I restore images that are created from the SSD (correctly aligned).
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03 Dec 2014   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, that would work. Once aligned, always aligned.
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04 Dec 2014   #19
Mark Phelps

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Just passing this along in case anyone else runs into this issue and finds this thread.
Also, I believe the Mintool Partition Wizard Boot CD has an "align" option. So, you could boot from that, choose align -- and fix this.
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