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Intel data migration software powered by Acronis vs SSD Offset Alignment

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I bought an Intel 520 - 120 GB SSD and would like to migrate my current HDD data to the SDD using the Intel Data Migration Software.

Does the Intel data migration software works with the correct partition offset alignment to SSD as the latest versions of ATIH (2011/2012)?

The file available at Intel website is old (2010), and I am afraid it can be the based on ATIH techonoly.

File name:tih_s_english_build_14133.exe Version:1.1 Download
Date:11/09/2010 Status:Latest

Size:93.19 MB Language:English
Operating Systems:Windows 7 *, Windows Vista *, Windows XP *

In advance, thanks a lot for your help.

Eduardo Barca

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When you restore to an SSD, follow the instructions here. This will make sure your alignment is created/preserved.

- Use Windows disk management to verify that the active partition is on the system disk.

- Print a screen shot of the disk management console for future reference,

- Do a full backup of your current disk (before changing the partition size). Include all partitions, even the hidden ones (no need to use the sector by sector setting)

- Uninstall any program you don't want on the SSD (eg: games, ). You can leave content and move it later out of the SSD.

- Put your SSD at the same spot at your current disk. Remove your current disk from the computer for the time being.

- Boot your computer on the Acronis recovery CD

- Restore each partition at a time in the same order they were laid out (use your screen shot). This will allow to control resizing and offset to align the disk

- Leave a 1MB space before the first partition (maybe system reserved?)

- Mark the correct partition active (maybe system reserved?)

- Leave the drive letter change option alone

- Do not resize any partition except the C:\system partition or any partition you created and want on the SSD

- Make sure that each partition has a size that is a whole number of MB (doesn't matter for the last partition)

- No need to reboot inbetween partition restores

- After the last partition, restore the MBR+track0 and the disk signature

That's it.

Reboot on your new SSD. Then, if you want to use your old disk, put it back in the computer, reboot. Delete whatever you want, etc.
You have some tweaks to optimize your SSD:
- disable automatic defragmentation of that disk,
- disable superfetch service, leave prefetch
- leave the page file on the SSD
- verify that TRIM is activated…