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Windows 7: Need help with aligning my new Samsung 830 SSD.

09 Dec 2012   #11
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Alan, was that a mistaken choice of terms you made? If you formatted before the clean install and did not align it, it will be at whatever the program you used decided the alignment should be. You need to set the alignment yourself, as in diskpart. If you install on a raw drive, the installer will align it, and as far as I know, has always been correct. The installer will not align a formatted partition. And if you formatted, you had to have a partition.


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09 Dec 2012   #12
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Steve,
I guess I misunderstood. The Samsung drive was only raw when I used the Apricorn software to clone the W7 OS and software that was on the OCZ Vertex III SSD, then when that proved misaligned then I formatted the Samsung drive and clean installed W7 and it. So to sum up where I am currently I have my Samsung imaged to a HDD and have wiped my Vertex clean. I was going to as Wolgang suggested restore the image on the HDD to the Vertex and then clone the Samsung using the Samsung transfer tool.....but I'm open to all suggestions. I'm wondering why I can't just use the cloned HDD and the Samsung transfer tool to transfer the image to the Samsung direct but Wolfgang said that I needed to restore the image to another drive then use the transfer tool because without restoring first the drive wouldn't be a bootable drive. Maybe I'm misunderstanding things, I'll hope to get your feedback and others as to the best course of action from here......I'm just trying to avoid another clean install but I'm seeking a good if not a more optimized alignment for sure form here. maybe a purchase of Paragon makes the most sense from here?
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09 Dec 2012   #13
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Wolfgang's suggestion may work. But, I would align it first. But, that's just me. But, maybe I'm missing something. Why can't you use the Samsung transfer tool from the hard drive to the Samsung without using the vertex? I'm sure you have a good reason. It sounds like it was the Apricorn software that messed you up to begin with. I've never used it, but it is supposed to give proper alignment, just like Acronis is supposed to. But, Acronis won't. I know that from experience, even if you align the drive first. That's why I love Paragon. I have 1 night a week I migrate my system to an old hard drive I have, just in case. Best backup you can have.
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09 Dec 2012   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I was wondering that myself, why would it matter which drive SSD or HDD I restore the image from? I'm going to bite the bullet and purchase the Paragon and then look to finally migrate to the formatted Samsung when I can get some time. Like you the Apricorn has always worked but just to use something else I used the Acronis 2010 to image to the HDD.
Regarding a complete image I agree it's the very best back up you can have and I had been using the Apricorn and now the Acronis for that very purpose and looks like I could be headed towards a Paragon regular imaged drive.
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09 Dec 2012   #15
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I think it's the best choice. To me, Paragon Migrate was the best $20 I have spent. You won't need time. Once you start it, in 20 minutes you'll be booting into your SSD. It does not do images, it completely transfers the whole OS.
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