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Windows 7: SSD alignment

23 Feb 2013   #1
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 
SSD alignment

I have set up 2 computers with SSD as the C drive. I used diskpart to align both of them. Both had different issues. The 1st I could not install the image backup so I did a fresh install of W7.

The 2nd the image restore when smooth and all seemed to work but I had a new hardware conflict the was giving me BSOD and I didnít figure that out until I hosed the 500g backup drive on the machine (another thread). So I did a fresh install of Vista.

As always when I install a fresh copy I format the drive to install windows on and it looks to me like I must have deleted the partition for the bitlocker set up in the diskpart procedure. As you can see from the screenshots nether of them shows a partition.

So at this point both seem to work fine. Can they be aligned after the OS has been installed? Or do I make an image then remove each and align and restore the image?




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23 Feb 2013   #2
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

SSD Alignment

Does this help?
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23 Feb 2013   #3
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

Datman, do they both boot? Are you sure you are out of alignment? The link indianacarnie provided will tell you how to check alignment. Any time a partition is created and formatted before install, Windows will not create the bootmanager as a separate partition, it is created in the "C" partition. If they both boot and are in alignment, there is no problem. Many people, myself included, do it that way intentionally.
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23 Feb 2013   #4
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

Thanks guys it looks like I'm ok I have an offset of 1024KB. Sometimes I worry to much
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23 Feb 2013   #5
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

That's great, Datman. It never hurts to make sure you are set up right. Well done.
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06 Mar 2013   #6
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

Hey guys,

On my wifeís computer I was having so much trouble with; you may have seen my other thread. I was still having some issues. I checked the offset and its 32 so I guess that is ok. When I changed the bios to ACHI the computer will not boot and the drive is no longer present. I did a bios update and Asus said the older mobo may not work with a SSD. With it set to sata the drive seems to work but I did get one BSOD.

Giving that I had so much trouble with this install Iím wondering if I should just give up on the SSD and do what I set out to do a couple weeks ago when I was trying to copy an image of the Cdrive on to a partition. Thatís when I deleted the partition wiping all my wifeís stuff out. I recovered 40,000 of the photos hopefully none of the other stuff was important.

So my point is if I canít set the bios to ACHI how much better is the SSD over a sata 3.0 drive?

I will partition the 500gb storage drive just incase I have more issues.

Iím not sure if Macrium reflect will copy on to a partition without wiping out the entire drive. I may have screwed it up somehow when I did it before. I know Acronis would I did it several times over the years.
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06 Mar 2013   #7
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Try updating the firmware of the SSD
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06 Mar 2013   #8
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

I assume you installed in IDE mode. Go back to bios and change it back to whatever mode it was in when you installed. It should boot then. Then follow this tutorial to change to AHCI Mode. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

I've never done it, but I do believe Macrium will clone a partition.
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06 Mar 2013   #9
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I believe you're right Essenbe, looking at Macrium now and theres a section to "choose your partition" waaaaayyyy down the tree. Haven't used that particular function but it sure looks like it. Came up with a graphic of all my drives/partitions and said choose.
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06 Mar 2013   #10
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
I believe you're right Essenbe, looking at Macrium now and theres a section to "choose your partition" waaaaayyyy down the tree. Haven't used that particular function but it sure looks like it. Came up with a graphic of all my drives/partitions and said choose.
Its possible I left something checked and that's why it wiped the drive. If I go that route I will try it again. The damage is done.

essenbe I followed the tutorial and it was already set to the correct value of "0" I changed the bios back to ACHI and it definitely makes the bios not see the drive.
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