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Windows 7: SSD Alignment

22 Jan 2014   #90
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

New SSD arrived today so I'll start playing with it later. Should be fun.


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22 Jan 2014   #91
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It should go without a hitch Rich, it's so easy even a cave man I can do it. First time was a bit nerve wracking though.
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23 Jan 2014   #92
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Strike #1. The Samsung Data Migration assistant that came with the SSD was useless. Hung first time then did nothing the next few times.

I finally booted my Acronis 2013 disc and used the Clone tool to clone the 128GB SSD to the new 250GB SSD. I had to disable Secure Boot and enable Compatibility mode to boot the Acronis CD but once I did that it booted and cloned the drive flawlessly, including the bad alignment:
Code:
DISKPART> list par

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    Reserved           128 MB    17 KB
  Partition 2    Recovery          1000 MB   129 MB
  Partition 3    System             260 MB  1129 MB
  Partition 4    Unknown            691 MB  1389 MB
  Partition 5    Primary            206 GB  2080 MB
  Partition 6    Recovery            24 GB   208 GB
I'm going to leave it for now as everything is working great.
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23 Jan 2014   #93
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, Acronis took your bad alignment from the old disk and did not fix it. But since there seems to be really nothing essential in Partition 1, you can live with it.
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23 Jan 2014   #94
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Is it because the cloning operation copies the disk exactly as the source drive? Maybe an image instead would work better if the SSD is first formatted as in Ted's tutorial?
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11 Mar 2014   #95
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The more I read, the more confused I get... I have ordered the Crucial M500 (120) I need to clone my old drive because my DSL isn't that fast. I ran diskpart "clean" on the old drive. Installed Windows 7 Pro and updated through sp1. Installed Kaspersky, and my WiFi adapter. That's all.

When my SSD arrives and before cloning, do I need to run diskpart on the SSD to align properly or what. I can use either AMOMEI or EaseUS ToDo for cloning. I have both. I need some help. Like I said. The more I read, the more confused I get.
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11 Mar 2014   #96
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
The more I read, the more confused I get... I have ordered the Crucial M500 (120) I need to clone my old drive because my DSL isn't that fast. I ran diskpart "clean" on the old drive. Installed Windows 7 Pro and updated through sp1. Installed Kaspersky, and my WiFi adapter. That's all.

When my SSD arrives and before cloning, do I need to run diskpart on the SSD to align properly or what. I can use either AMOMEI or EaseUS ToDo for cloning. I have both. I need some help. Like I said. The more I read, the more confused I get.
DSL speed has nothing to do with installing an OS. With a nice new SSD it would be superior to do a fresh install to it with all other drives disconnected.
But if you have a good clean and updated new OS on a HDD I would recommend Macrium Reflect to make an image of it and then restore to the SSD. This will align the drive properly in 2-3 clicks and you're done.

You have extra drive so one can be used to store your image for the restore. Imaging with free Macrium

Aomei Backupper can do much the same thing, both are free. Aomei Backuper FREE New Version
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11 Mar 2014   #97
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Don't 'clone' but make images that you restore.

2. Yes, the SSD has to be prepared to get the alignment right.

3. Have a look here for details: Imaging with free Macrium
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12 Mar 2014   #98
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Do I need to run diskpart to align before I image to the new SSD? I've made the image using Macrium Reflect. Just waiting for the SSD to arrive.
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12 Mar 2014   #99
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If the image comes from an aligned SSD, Macrium will maintain the alignment. But if the image comes from a HDD, it will most likely not be properly aligned. So it is wise to align it.
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