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      • #2313355 Reply
        ECWS
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        Determined (I think) that SSD is not aligned by dividing the Partition Starting Offset of  8,225,280 by 4096 and getting an uneven number 2008.125 meaning my SSD is not aligned.

        Partition-Offsets

        Saw on this site:

        https://www.howtogeek.com/270358/how-to-speed-up-your-solid-state-drive-by-re-aligning-its-partitions/

        that I could use this tool:

        MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 12.1

        https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

        however before I tried it I thought I should check to see if anyone has had an experience with it.

         

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      • #2313367 Reply
        ECWS
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        There are actually two partitions:

        Partition-Offsets-2

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      • #2313370 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        I use MTPW to check alignment. Not only does it tell you if it needs doing, it will make the change for you.

        As always, make an image backup first.

        cheers, Paul

        • #2313374 Reply
          ECWS
          Guest

          Thanks Paul.

          I could not find an option in the program to check the alignment.  All I saw was an option to align the partition.
          Should I align Partitions 0 and 1?

          Which software do you use for Image Backup?

          • #2313397 Reply
            Alex5723
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            Download the free portable AS SSD Benchmark

            The app will display OK if the partition is aligned.

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            • #2313414 Reply
              ECWS
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              Thanks.

              Here are they readings.  What do they mean?

              AS-SSD-Benchmark-11.22.20-0527

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              • #2313536 Reply
                RDRguy
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                @ECWS … for us non-German speaking posters, under the “Sprache” menu item, you can change the language from German (default) to English

                Win7 - PRO & Ultimate, x64 & x86
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              • #2313537 Reply
                ECWS
                AskWoody Plus

                Thanks!

      • #2313517 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        What do they mean?

        The drive is not aligned and is very very slow.

        • #2313522 Reply
          ECWS
          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks.  Is that what bad means?  Or is it referring to bad sectors.  I ran chkdsk and it did not find any bad sectors.

      • #2313528 Reply
        Alex5723
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        Thanks.  Is that what bad means?  Or is it referring to bad sectors.  I ran chkdsk and it did not find any bad sectors.

        Very slow read/writes speeds.
        A modern NVMe SSD is ~x5-15 times faster.

        Look at benchmarks vs other SSDs. SK is at the bottom.

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        • #2313531 Reply
          ECWS
          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks.

          If I am planning to image then upgrading to Windows 10, should I align after imaging but before upgrading? Or align after upgrading?

          What causes the disk to get out of alignment?

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      • #2313535 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks.

        If I am planning to image then upgrading to Windows 10, should I align after imaging but before upgrading? Or align after upgrading?

        What causes the disk to get out of alignment?

        • This reply was modified 1 day, 18 hours ago by ECWS.

        Formatting the SSD drive and partitioning in Windows 10 will automatically align and set TRIM ON on the SSD.

        • #2313542 Reply
          ECWS
          AskWoody Plus

          Plan is to Image the 256 drive w/ Windows 7 then restore to 512 drive.  Then upgrade to Windows 10 (1909?).

          • When would I format the drive or realign it?
          • Will the upgrade to Windows 10 automatically align?
          • When upgrading do I have the option to set up up auto align and set Trim On?
          • Which drive image software do you use?

           

      • #2313666 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        I could not find an option in the program to check the alignment

        Select the disk.
        From the menu: Disk > Align All Partitions

        Plan is to Image the 256 drive w/ Windows 7 then restore to 512 drive

        All the free 3rd party backup apps will create the image and then align it when you restore. See this post for details: #1540723

        cheers, Paul

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