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Is everyone exaggerating the steps for SSD alignment when upgrading to an SSD?

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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?

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Hello,

I'm a support Expert from Acronis.

Reason being, that if you don't align the partitions, then the read/write speed is halved, because half the block is written to one chip, the other half is written to another one.

Full SSD alignment support will be implemented in the future versions of Acronis, stay tuned. 

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Leo wrote:

Full SSD alignment support will be implemented in the future versions of Acronis, stay tuned. 

Any news on when we can expect this? After several years of using ADD I was most disappointed to find that my SSD was misaligned after cloning my old HDD.

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I'am also waiting for a new version with the full support of SSD. When ?

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Thanks a bunch...I can't really use my main computer until you get this fixed. When will a beta be out?

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Leo wrote:

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Full SSD alignment support will be implemented in the future versions of Acronis, stay tuned. 

Leo.U

  

If the sentence is literally correct, the next version will be out in the fall if the release dates of the last few versions are followed. A future build could be sooner.

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You do know it's possible to do a manual alignment? Not easy, but possible.

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I cannot even get the ssd to work after restoring from an Acronis Image. All I get is a MBR 1 error on boot. Others have fixed MBR 1 error but I don't have any idea on how to do this. If it is possible to do the difficult task of fixing the alignment and correcting the MBR 1 problem I think the technical support people at Acronis owe their customers a discussion on how to do this. Their current support is clueless as to the fact that there is even a problem. Waiting until fall is a ridiculous option and guaranteed to lose customers as Norton Ghost 15 has already fixed the problem. The only reason I still want to stay with Acronis is the fact that I have all my configurations in true image back up files but there comes a point when a company leaves its customers in such a desperate situation with no options that it may be time to move on. Unless I get help, reloading the os and losing most of my data seems to be my only option. I sincerely hope that I can get enough help to get my graphics computer on line again.

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Good News and thanks....I just got an e mail from Acronis Tech support on the MBR 1 error.

http://kb.acronis.com/content/1507

addresses this problem. This is a good step in the right direction. I sincerely hope they address the alignment issues. Also any issues in backing up ssd's.

SSD are now cheap enough that they will become wildly popular I bought mine for $130 64 G with 210 MBS read. (New technology)

I need to know if I have an alignment problem and I don't know how to do this. If anyone knows how to do this let me know. Keep the posts coming.

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I got the ssd's working. The Acronis image file did not mark the drive as active primary. When I changed that windows loaded. That may be something to look for if there is problems. I still don't know how to check for alignment and I guess that's the last step.

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I still don't know how to check for alignment and I guess that's the last step.

One makeshift method would be to perform a disk option backup. This first screen should illustrate the start sector settings. If the start.end sector settings are not displayed, you can adjust what headings are displayed via the icon on mid right margin.

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I'm just not familiar with where the ssd needs to start or finish. What's a good number? 0, 1024, 2048 or 4096?
(I'm a real novice here) Also someone did a diskpart cmd from the prompt. diskpart (->list disk-> select disk - > list partition. I'm having trouble with the syntax. Is list disk part of the cmd or the volume label? select disk is C? and list partition 1? I would appreciate the exact syntax for the c drive partition 1.

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I can't help you but here are some references.

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300415

Learn how to master the DISKPART command
http://forums.techarena.in/guides-tutorials/1172499.htm

Edit: The DISPART which comes installed in XP will create a new partition at sector 63. You will need to use the Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 7 WAIK CD if you want to create a sector starting at 2048.

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My absolute sector is 63 so apparently I have an alignment problem. From all the forum comments there seem to be no fix for this so I sent the following letter to the CEO.

Acronis Corporation
Mr. Serguei Beloussov CEO.
300 TradeCenter, Suite 6700, Elm St.
Woburn, MA 01801
USA

Subject: Solid State Drive Support

Dear Mr. Beloussov:

There are many of us out here that are installing solid state drives (SSD) and Acronis True Image does not properly function with these drives. It sort of works, but due to alignment problems up to 50% of the drives speed is lost. At this time there is no apparent timeline for the release of a fix. Neither is there any real support for this problem.

I believe there should be information on:

1. How to tell if the restored disk has alignment problems. (I think my ssd has a problem as the absolute sector is 63. However, I couldn’t get the diskpart> List disk to properly report. )

2. A work around to manually correct the alignment problem.

3. Information on when an update will be available and also if there will be beta testing available
for those of us with this problem.

4. Get your tech support onboard with this problem.

I would hope Acronis would fix this problem on an expedited basis. I have considered Norton Ghost 15 as apparently your competitor has already solved the problem. However, I use Acronis to change the configuration of my computer and have a large number of backup files and switching would be at best quite time consuming. In addition, Acronis True Image has been more reliable and easier to use.

Please address this problem.

Thanks,

Fred Baumann

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Fred Baumann wrote:

I'm just not familiar with where the ssd needs to start or finish. What's a good number? 0, 1024, 2048 or 4096?
(I'm a real novice here) Also someone did a diskpart cmd from the prompt. diskpart (->list disk-> select disk - > list partition. I'm having trouble with the syntax. Is list disk part of the cmd or the volume label? select disk is C? and list partition 1? I would appreciate the exact syntax for the c drive partition 1.

Fred Baumann wrote:

I'm just not familiar with where the ssd needs to start or finish. What's a good number? 0, 1024, 2048 or 4096?
(I'm a real novice here) Also someone did a diskpart cmd from the prompt. diskpart (->list disk-> select disk - > list partition. I'm having trouble with the syntax. Is list disk part of the cmd or the volume label? select disk is C? and list partition 1? I would appreciate the exact syntax for the c drive partition 1.

It has to be a multiple of 64. that is 64,128...1024,2048 etc.
Very crudely put, SSD write in 64 blocks. If your alignment is 63 (as set by Acronis) each write/read will span two blocks etc. Hence the so called 50% inefficiency.

For example, if you do a freah install of Win 7 on a fresh SSD, Win 7 will create a initial partition of 100MB with the correct alignment. all subsequent partitions (C Drive etc.) will follow this initial partition set in full MB multiples- hence preserving the 64bit multiple alignment/ offset.

I have attached a copy of my properly aligned/offset SSD drive.

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I purchased Disk Director 2011 to perform 1 task: To clone my nearly full 64gb SSD to a larger 128gb SSD as I was running low on space. Disconnected my backup 1tb WD and connected the new SSD. Did a proportional clone with NT signature and then removed the old drive. Reconnected the backup and installed the new SSD clone. Booted and seemed fine, however, after several boots the drive would no longer boot. Re-cloned the drive again using the same procedure and it booted once, tried to open a different user and it choked saying an invalid copy of Win7 build 7600 in the lwr rt corner.
Really disappointed after spending $50+ and hours scouring the forums as Acronis doen't have a user friendly support system. They want you to pay for support they say exists on the box? Still haven't found the answer to resolve the issue. If anyone has a novice explaination on how to resolve this I'm listening. I have too much info on the disk to start from scratch and that is the only reason I chose this route.

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There are a couple of programs that will inform you about Alignment:

Argus Monitor: http://www.argusmonitor.com/

Paragon Alignment Tool: Do a Google search.

Paragon Alignment tool used to be free, but they now charge $30 USD. However, it can be found all over the internet in 32bit/64bit special editions. This tool will allow a repair process. For some reason it sometimes fails on the partition that the OS is installed on.

The alignment problem is not specific to the SSD. All drives are, or should be aligned. Aligning large drives will take several hours, overnight is usually a good time to do this.

The alignment problem does not exist on drives that have been allowed to be partitioned by the install process of Windows 7. There is a small hidden partition created just before the main OS partition. That partition is what sets the alignment. Do not delete that partition. That partition does more than create an alignment point.

If you are unable to repair the alignment then there are two methods of fixing:
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1) Manually fix the alignment: You will need to do a search on the web, and it requires using a Linux partitioning tool to move the OS partition over and then back. There are specific docs out there to do this. Remember to CREATE a FULL RESTORE IMAGE of the drive you are working on.
2) Reinstall the OS: Let the Windows 7 install process create the partition.

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I'm a newbie at this SSD alignment stuff. Just for my own clarification, this is only an issue when trying to cloan a HDD to a SSD, correct? If you do a fresh load of the OS to a freshly formatted SSD the OS will take care of the alignment, correct?

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John Gayman wrote:

I'm a newbie at this SSD alignment stuff. Just for my own clarification, this is only an issue when trying to cloan a HDD to a SSD, correct? If you do a fresh load of the OS to a freshly formatted SSD the OS will take care of the alignment, correct?

That's exactly right for Windows 7. Windows 7 is totally SSD aware. Windows XP on the other hand is not.

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Thank you for the confirmation. It all sort of makes sense now. I was not aware that XP had an issue with SSD alignment. I will probably just wait until I need to tech turn to a new laptop and if the prices are prudent at the time - go for a SSD option.

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Someone just helped me out with this question on another forum so I will pass it on here.

Download "AS SSD" the SSD benchmarking tool and it will check your alignment as well as benchmark your drive. It is free.

The alignment note is in the upper left of the benchmark screen and should be in green and state OK if you are good.

With all this worry about alignment I didn't use my Acronis to clone the HDD to the SSD but was working with a new Lenovo W520, so used its recovery disks to move the image to the SSD. I suppose that is the equivalent of a Win 7 clean install. But it resulted in no problems.

I do think that Acronis, I have Home 2010, while not correcting alignment, will maintain alignment with its backup and restore as well as the cloning utility. So I expect to have no problem going forward.

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Hi everyone,

I installed Windows 7 Pro x64, MS Office and other applications on a brand new Intel x-25M 80 GB SSD.

I’m going to create a Partition image of the SSD (Should I use back up sector-by-sector method?) usingAcronis TIH 2011 to restore the clean installation of Windows 7 and apps in the future on the same SSD.

Can ATIH 2011 recover the SSD with its original (Windows 7 created) alignment?

Is the full alignment support already implemented in the Acronis True Image Home 2011?
thanks.

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If you backup an aligned disk using a disk and partition backup and restore to the same disk, your restored backup will be aligned.
If you backup a non-aligned disk using disk and partition backup, and your restore to the same disk, you need to restore manually each partition to align the disk.
If you backup an aligned disk and restore to a different disk, you'd better restore manually each partition to avoid that ATI scale the size of the partitions automatically and could un-align them.
Restoring manually each partition is practically painless and give you full control over how and where the restore partitions will be placed. To align the disk you just need to leave 1MB offset before the first partition and make sure that each partition has a size that is an exact number of MB.

You dont' need to backup sector by sector.

To verify that your disk is aligned, launch msinfo32.exe, components, storage, disks. Look at the offset of each partition expressed in bytes. If the number is divisible by 4096, your disk is aligned. You can also use this tool on line:http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/other/157.

Most likely if you installed Win7 from the Windows DVD as a new install on a clean disk, Win 7 created a hidden system partition, and your disk is aligned.

When you create your disk and partition backup of your Windows installation, make sure to include ALL the partitions on your SSD.

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Thanks Pat L for the detailed explanation.

Could you please elaborate on what you mean by the phrase"using a disk and partition backup" (first sentence). I'm not sure whether it is ATIH 2011 or Windows Backup.

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I am talking about ATI 2011. This is the kind of backup that is done at the sector level, like a clone. Unlike a clone though, a disk and partition backup creates a TIB file (a clone creates a disk identical to the original one).

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Thanks for the clarification.

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1) I would like to clone my stable SSD to another SSD. Is it truth that I don't have to worry about alignment problem since it is cloning from one SSD to another SSD?

2) My 1st SSD is just a regular 1 partition SSD 64G and my 2nd SSD, OCZ Revodrive X2 100G, with 4 partitions. Can someone educate me how to clone my stable OS with 1 partition 64G SSD to the 2nd SSD with 4 partitions 100G? In order to have the best performance I plan to just use max 60G and rest of 40G can be partition and not going to touch it.

Thank you for your assistance in advance.

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Are you saying that your second disk is 100GB and you don't want to use all the spave available on it (leave 40GB unallocated)?

Why would you do this? How do you think it would help with performance?

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hlkc wrote:

1) I would like to clone my stable SSD to another SSD. Is it truth that I don't have to worry about alignment problem since it is cloning from one SSD to another SSD?

2) My 1st SSD is just a regular 1 partition SSD 64G and my 2nd SSD, OCZ Revodrive X2 100G, with 4 partitions. Can someone educate me how to clone my stable OS with 1 partition 64G SSD to the 2nd SSD with 4 partitions 100G? In order to have the best performance I plan to just use max 60G and rest of 40G can be partition and not going to touch it.

Thank you for your assistance in advance.

1) That Is Correct. No need to worry about alignment in this case.

2) Your RevoDrive X2 has four separate drives (not partitions) in raid zero. As long as your motherboard is compatible (check the OCZ forum) treat it just as another hard drive. It is a great idea to only use 64 GB by directly cloning your existing SSD to the RevoDrive. This would leave 40 GB unused and unformatted that would contribute to the OP of the RevoDrive and greatly improve the ability of the sand force controllers garbage collection process. You can always expand your original partition if you ever need to.

If you have already used, partitioned or attempted to install an image or an OS on the RevoDrive, I would strongly suggest a secure erase of the RevoDrive before the cloning process.

Best of luck.

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Snakeyes wrote:
hlkc wrote:

1) I would like to clone my stable SSD to another SSD. Is it truth that I don't have to worry about alignment problem since it is cloning from one SSD to another SSD?

2) My 1st SSD is just a regular 1 partition SSD 64G and my 2nd SSD, OCZ Revodrive X2 100G, with 4 partitions. Can someone educate me how to clone my stable OS with 1 partition 64G SSD to the 2nd SSD with 4 partitions 100G? In order to have the best performance I plan to just use max 60G and rest of 40G can be partition and not going to touch it.

Thank you for your assistance in advance.

1) That Is Correct. No need to worry about alignment in this case.

2) Your RevoDrive X2 has four separate drives (not partitions) in raid zero. As long as your motherboard is compatible (check the OCZ forum) treat it just as another hard drive. It is a great idea to only use 64 GB by directly cloning your existing SSD to the RevoDrive. This would leave 40 GB unused and unformatted that would contribute to the OP of the RevoDrive and greatly improve the ability of the sand force controllers garbage collection process. You can always expand your original partition if you ever need to.

If you have already used, partitioned or attempted to install an image or an OS on the RevoDrive, I would strongly suggest a secure erase of the RevoDrive before the cloning process.

Best of luck.

Thanks for the prompt answer.

I already SE, update the latest FW and ready to use clone/copy from 64 GB Agility 3 SSD to Revodrive X2 soon.

Just download the TIH trial last night, can you please educate me which setting I need to be select or just leave all default and copy over and restore?

Thank you for all the help.

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hlkc,

In my opinion, not using the 40GB is a waste of space. Your drive has already enough spare memory not accessible to the OS to optimize performance.

So, if you clone your drive as is, you should keep the alignment. If you let ATI resize automatically, I am not sure what will happen, so I recommend you use the manual restore I was describing.

Maybe a simple way is to restore at same size (this will need to be a manual clone), and then expand your partition to maximize available space.

What surprises me is that you see 4 partitions. Are they of the same size exactly? Did you create these partitions yourself?
The revodrive uses an interal RAID 0 across four controllers. It is not clear from the documentation whether you can turn that on or off. You can definitely partition a RAID0 and get the performance. It could be a coincidence, but it could be that your OS doesn't see the RAID0.

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hlkc,

In my opinion, not using the 40GB is a waste of space. Your drive has already enough spare memory not accessible to the OS to optimize performance.

So, if you clone your drive as is, you should keep the alignment. If you let ATI resize automatically, I am not sure what will happen, so I recommend you use the manual restore I was describing.

Maybe a simple way is to restore at same size (this will need to be a manual clone), and then expand your partition to maximize available space.

What surprises me is that you see 4 partitions. Are they of the same size exactly? Did you create these partitions yourself?
The revodrive uses an interal RAID 0 across four controllers. It is not clear from the documentation whether you can turn that on or off. You can definitely partition a RAID0 and get the performance. It could be a coincidence, but it could be that your OS doesn't see the RAID0.

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The RevoDrive X2 is a raid zero setup with 4 individual drives not partitions. Furthermore the sand force controller's have to depend on garbage collection since trim is not available on these PCI E drives due to the raid set up. If you check the OCZ forums you will see that extra OP makes a fairly substantial difference in drive performance. By leaving a larger unused portion you can ensure more robust garbage collection. However I agree that 40 GB is excessive. However if the gigabytes are not presently needed leaving them unused helps performance and garbage collection and more importantly they can be reclaimed at any point in time.

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Snakeyes,
I understand. I personally trust OCZ's designs to make the right balance between usable memory space, buffer memory space, performance and cost/price, so I'dtake every single GB that is available to me and I expect that trying to optimize on my own is worthless in real life performance. But hey, that's only me.
The absence of TRIM would worry me a lot, but I can see the initial performance is so high that may be its degradation over time is still OK. Or maybe you just secure erase the disk anyway from time to time and the performance is reset. That could work for 100GB disks.

No, seriously, what bothers me is our hlkc friend does see the *four* drives/controllers separately. This is not normal. It could be that his motherboard doesn't interface well (that would be the case if the four drives appear separately in Windows Explorer), of that ATI doesn't interface well with this PCIe RAID0 drive (that would be the case if he sees only one drive in Windows Explorer, but 4 partitions in ATI). The latter wouldn't surprise me, and could be a showstopper for the use of ATI for that purpose

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I think his Raid 0 is broken. It is easily fixed If he wants help I can walk him thru it. I think trim is overrated in mordern SSD's and GC is far more important but thats a different discussion. In short extra OP helps reduce the impact of drive performance in a "settled" state and substantially reduces the chances of it reaching a "Hammered" state. All due to the built in wear-leveling algorithims.

I am attaching an ATTO bench of my Revodrive X2 that has no trim, faces massive use and has been running for several quarters. The extra OP makes a significant difference. Check out the OCZ forums on Sandforce drives on this issue.

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INteresting.

Going back to our poster, I am wondering whether his/her system actually can boot from a PCIe card (this might depend on BIOS and low-level drivers, I guess). Then, I am wondering how the Acronis recovery CD will behave...

Anyway, interesting product....

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Pat L and Snakeyes,

First and most formal, thanks for all the advices and suggestions.

Sorry I am not there yet hints, I just SE and updated the FW with the Revodrive X2 on another PC and removed but not plug in my main HTPC yet. My main HTPC is with Ceton, CableCard inside, and I am trying to find a period that my family has no recording/watching TV before I can take it down and play around inside that HTPC. With that in mind, I have not seen 1 or 4 partitions/drives. Sorry my lack of knowledge in such drive before. Yes, it is NOT suppose to be 4 partitions and it is suppose to be 4 drives with R0. I am just planning myself ahead and ready to make the best clone/copy soon, from my stable SSD drive in the HTPC that's why I had these questions.

Regarding the waste space, Revodrive X2 100G and my stable SSD 60G = different of the 40G, there is not much I can do. I can't agree with you guys more that and I hate to waste 40G. However, the smallest of the Revodrive X2 is 50G and the next size up is 100G. 50G is too small and 100G is too big but since this is my HTPC not a work PC with lot of apps there, therefore my SSD today only use about 50G or so. I plan to use it up to 75G if needed but I will leave the rest un-use for optimal SSD performance. I believed we should leave 1/4 of the space un-touch in order to get the best SSD performance.

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Good points Pat L. I did use the Acronis CD to copy my boot drive from a C 300 SSD with no issues. So far Acronis has worked very well with the RevoDrive X2. Fortunately the only time I needed to use it, was after the secure erase sometime back. I guess that's the best use of Acronis – peace of mind – and not ever having to really need it. Did not mean to get into the side discussion. You are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful to all posters on this forum.
Cheers

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hlkc,

So that you know, you can resize the image of the 64GB when you clone manually or restore manually. If you want to leave some unused space, it is your choice, but you don't have to leave that much. For example, you could leave 10% (or 10GB) unused.

The best way to go is to do the cloning or backup and restore on a PC booted on the Acronis recovery CD, where both disks are connected.

Remember that if you clone automatically, ATI will resize automatically and you will not have spare space. If you clone automatically with the "as is" option, you will get your 64GB image and be left with 36GB unallocated. If you clone manually, you can choose how much space you want to leave.
A good option is to clone "as is" and then to adjust the partition size by booting on the Windows recovery CD and use diskpart.

Remember not to boot the PC with both disks (the origin and the done clone) connected at the same time together and or at the same time as another system disk already in the PC. Always boot on the recovery CD when more than one system disk is connected to the computer after a clone operation.

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Pat L wrote:

hlkc,

So that you know, you can resize the image of the 64GB when you clone manually or restore manually. If you want to leave some unused space, it is your choice, but you don't have to leave that much. For example, you could leave 10% (or 10GB) unused.

The best way to go is to do the cloning or backup and restore on a PC booted on the Acronis recovery CD, where both disks are connected.

Remember that if you clone automatically, ATI will resize automatically and you will not have spare space. If you clone automatically with the "as is" option, you will get your 64GB image and be left with 36GB unallocated. If you clone manually, you can choose how much space you want to leave.
A good option is to clone "as is" and then to adjust the partition size by booting on the Windows recovery CD and use diskpart.

Remember not to boot the PC with both disks (the origin and the done clone) connected at the same time together and or at the same time as another system disk already in the PC. Always boot on the recovery CD when more than one system disk is connected to the computer after a clone operation.

Pat L,

Thanks for your guidance and knowledge advices.

I will sure to use the Clone "as is" way you indicated to clone the current stable SSD OS to the new SSD, Revodrive X2.

I've been using CopyWipe to clone my image for years and I like to begin using AHI going forward. Do you mind provide me a high level or point me to some threads/FAQ... where I can follow and begin this cloning idea we discussed? I am not sure what you meant by "Acronis recovery CD". I thought I will just have 2 disks side by side and clone them from one to any other, bring down the system, unplug original one and leave the "copy to" one on and that's it. Bust based on your reply, it sounds like I need to create a Acronis recovery CD using that CD to boot up the system using the SSD being "copy to" and use the "copy from" SSD and clone them from a different system, am I right?

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hlkc wrote:
Bust based on your reply, it sounds like I need to create a Acronis recovery CD using that CD to boot up the system using the SSD being "copy to" and use the "copy from" SSD and clone them from a different system, am I right?

Right. You install ATI on a computer. You create an Acronis Bootable Recovery Medium (CD or flash drive). You shut down your computer, you put the disks you want to operate on in the computer. When both the source and destination disks are connected, you boot the computer on the Acronis CD and you do the clone operation. This way Windows is not in your way creating issues.
The source can be the system disk of the computer you boot on, or a disk from another system. Same thing about the destination.

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Pat L,

Exactly what I thought and no questions there.

2 last questions (I promised :-)

1) Is the trial version same as the full version? means what we discussed so far the trial will be able to do that and I can try it and purchase it within 30 days? Some software out will block off some features and I won't be able to use all the features until I purchased the full version.

2) For the back up strategy, do I have to do nothing while backing it up or is it okay just let it run the weekly back up on its own, in the back end, and I can do whatever I want in the front end like watching TV?

Thanks again for all the assistance Pat!

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1) Yes the trial version is the same except that you cannot create a backup with the trial version FROM THE CD, I think. But cloning FROM THE CD is OK. No restriction when using the program from within Windows.
2) You can let the backup run while doing some other things. ATI is excellent at that.

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Pat L wrote:

1) Yes the trial version is the same except that you cannot create a backup with the trial version FROM THE CD, I think. But cloning FROM THE CD is OK. No restriction when using the program from within Windows.

It looks like not, I just installed the current trial version and it does not allow me to restore image. In this case, it looks like I can't try before buy :-(

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2) You can let the backup run while doing some other things. ATI is excellent at that.

Excellent, good to know that.

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What happens when you restore the image? For sure restore should work from the CD. So there is a problem not linked with being a trial version.

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Pat L wrote:

What happens when you restore the image? For sure restore should work from the CD. So there is a problem not linked with being a trial version.

I thought you taught me to clone "as is", right? Under Disk Management, Clone disk (unavailable in trial).

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I'm totally confused. I have a SSD, Windows 7 64bit and Acronis True Image Home 2011. I made a backup of my SSD and I also restored that backup. Do I now have problems with the alignment and how can I check if everything is ok?

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Kurt Wassmer wrote:

I'm totally confused. I have a SSD, Windows 7 64bit and Acronis True Image Home 2011. I made a backup of my SSD and I also restored that backup. Do I now have problems with the alignment and how can I check if everything is ok?

Kurt,

I had the same question and based on my understanding and confirm with Pat L, expert in this forum, if your original is HDD you do need to recheck alignment and make sure it is okay. But if your source is SSD and clone from SSD to SSD, you will not have any alignment problem.

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No reason to make this harder than it actually is.

Download AS SSD (it is free) and simply open it up. It will tell you in the upper left hand corner whether you are aligned (green OK) or not (red).

Than use it to benchmark your installation and you are good.

Generally with Win 7 you will not have a problem. XP tends to cause alignment problems. Other OS I have not a clue.

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hlkc,

hmm, sorry I was wrong then. You are looking at the right place, on the CD right? So it means that cloning is not available for the trial.

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Kurt,

You don't even need to download a tool.
You can enter your SSD information here http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/other/157

OR

You can launch MSinfo32.exe, components, hardware, disks. Check the offset of each partition on your disk. It must be evenly divisible by 4096 when expressed in bytes.