I just upgraded my HP Mini 311 Win7 netbook 160GB HD to a 64GB SSD. When I started reading through all the forums about aligning the partition, I became thoroughly confused (despite having 20 years experience in the IT industry), and started agonizing about how to approach this deceptively simple task of a drive upgrade.
After reading dozens of posts on partition alignment, I "gave up" and did a True Image 2010 backup from my HD onto the same HD, and then a restore to an external USB with the new SSD drive, and it worked!
The first partition starts at 1,048,576.
The second partition starts at 83,886,080.
Both are divisible by 4,096.
So it's just fine and properly aligned without applying rocket science cloning techniques. Why is everyone making a big deal of this?