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Windows 7: SSD Partition question

04 Apr 2016   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

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That sounds good. Just do not forget to align the SSD.

SSD Alignment


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04 Apr 2016   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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(Free) Partition Wizard is a more powerful tool. You can partition before or after the install. It also has an option to "align all partitions". I used this align capability on an SSD that had an OS installed but wasn't aligned.
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Thanks, I have PW free (bootable) on a flash drive but was just wondering if I should use that OR if it could be done using disk management or DISKPART (see OP). I was told it would be better to partition the new SSD before installing the OS.
On reflection - I think the reference to the location of the Master File Table is a valid point so it probably would be safer to do your partitioning first. If you have a large SSD (eg 500GB) and want to only allocate 100GB to the OS partition you don't want the MFT located beyond the 100GB boundary. When I look at the location of the MFTs on my partitions I don't appear to see any consistencies in their location.

I don't see why you wouldn't want to use a program with a GUI (Disk Management or Partition Wizard). I almost always use PW because of its flexibility and ease of use but it's up to you.
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04 Apr 2016   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Everyone has their own method, I prefer using a Partition Wizard Boot CD

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04 Apr 2016   #14
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I don't see why you wouldn't want to use a program with a GUI (Disk Management or Partition Wizard). I almost always use PW because of its flexibility and ease of use but it's up to you.
I'm not against using either. I'm just trying to figure out the least painful of my available options. If PW will do both the alignment & partitioning, then maybe PW is the best option.... I've never partitioned a drive prior to OS installation. I've always done it after.
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04 Apr 2016   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The alignment you can do with cmd.

SSD Alignment
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04 Apr 2016   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Choose whatever method you want.
Whatever method you choose make sure all the SSD partitions are aligned. To check
1) type msinfo32 in the search box then
2) components -> storage -> disks
3) look for your SSD and check each partition starting offset (it will be in bytes) divide by 4096 and make sure each is a whole number (integer).

If not then PW should be able to sort you out


If you are doing a clean install then do all this before you do all the updates.
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04 Apr 2016   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

PW will do everything you want, it has a very ease to use GUI interface.

It`s all clicks, and you simply use a slider to size your partitions, you click apply and it does everything for you.

Your drive will be shown in the GUI and all you have to do is right click on your drive, you`ll see a drop down and everything is right there.
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04 Apr 2016   #18
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
PW will do everything you want, it has a very ease to use GUI interface.

It`s all clicks, and you simply use a slider to size your partitions, you click apply and it does everything for you.

Your drive will be shown in the GUI and all you have to do is right click on your drive, you`ll see a drop down and everything is right there.

Ok, I think I'll use PW for this then... Just one more clarification.... The alignment is performed after the partitioning, correct?
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04 Apr 2016   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With PW you can align any time.
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04 Apr 2016   #20
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
With PW you can align any time.
Ok, thanks. Is there a preference (before / after), or does it not matter?
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