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Old 05-26-2016, 08:20 AM   #11
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This means that sometimes, if your SSD was formatted by something other than Windows' installer, it can be aligned incorrect

I would format the hard drive before cloning. Would be the easiest way.


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Formatting the drive prior to cloning would have ZERO effect regarding whether the partitions are aligned correctly after cloning.
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Which version do you use?


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I just use whatever their latest free version is.
And actually I read up and looks like I was wrong- it doesn't fix misalignment automatically. But it does allow you to reformat and then copy the contents of your misaligned partition into the correct one during clone. Heres a link about it

Most likely this is a non issue for you though, because starting with Vista and above, windows formats its partitions correctly. But it still wouldn't hurt to check this after you do the clone. I would just get it cloned and worry about this later.
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So how is this checked.


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Did you look at Strollin's link? the answers in there:

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To see if your partitions are aligned correctly, hit the Start menu and type in msinfo32. Enter Msinfo32 and go to Components > Storage > Disks. Look for your SSD on the list and find the "Partition Starting Offset" item. If this number is divisible by 4096 (that is, if dividing it by 4096 equals a whole number and not a decimal), your partition is correctly aligned. If not, you need to realign it.
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Great. I will do this.


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Want to change from a spinning hard drive to a SSD drive. The new SSD drive is bigger than the spinning drive. I should be able to clone everything to the new SSD drive correct?

Once the spinning drive is cloned to the SSD drive all that I would have to do is remove the spinning drive and reboot the computer correct?




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when you say SSD you have already said 'drive' lol so you are saying a solid state drive drive...
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You are right. Will remember that.


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Update. I found a Dell FX160 desktop that has a 180GB SSD as well as 4GB memory. Tge code was only 89.99 with free shipping. So just purchasing a SSD of 180 GBcosts more than thaGB So not too bad of a deal. Does not have a DVD drive but, that is OK because I have an eexternal DVD drive. I had the seller install Windows XP and removing Windows 7. I used Windows 7 before and do not like that version.


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I can only recommend using Windows 10. Windows XP was released 15 years ago, and 4 operating systems have been released since then. Windows XP does not have the same software support for SSDs as Windows 7 and later versions do.

I can't recommend buying a secondhand SSD either, as with a HDD they only have limited lifespan and after writing their own size of data to the SSD, they slow down a little. Without knowing the brand we cannot guarantee the quality either.
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Use the latest version.
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