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Why does it say 4096 alignment but 1024 for RAID? Does this apply to both GPT and MBR?

Is it OK to have some disks at 4096 and others at 1024 in the same system?

Some of the RAID benchmarking showed pretty poor results with a 4096 alignment on a RAID 0 with 2 SSDs, so the statement only applies when using 2 drives. I did not test with more than 2 (only 2 6GB/s SATA on 1155), so results with additional drives may be different. Yes it applies to both GPT and MBR.

The alignment of 4096 or 1024 only places the begining of the primary partition you are creating in that particular location, so different drives can be aligned in any fashion necessary to improve performance. The OS/SSD does not care if it does not address an empty/partially empty page preceding the partition placement, as it is not part of the partition. It is the partition(s) itself that the SSD/OS works with.
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Some of the RAID benchmarking showed pretty poor results with a 4096 alignment on a RAID 0 with 2 SSDs...

What about mechanical HDD RAID?
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Some of the RAID benchmarking showed pretty poor results with a 4096 alignment on a RAID 0 with 2 SSDs...

What about mechanical HDD RAID?

can't tell you... didn't test
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Did i derp hard when I forgot to change primary alignment to 4096?
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The guide states some of the benefits of GPT, but shouldn't there be a warning of the downsides? For example, isn't some backup software incompatible with GPT, like Macrium Reflect free?
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Did i derp hard when I forgot to change primary alignment to 4096?

Nah your fine
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The guide states some of the benefits of GPT, but shouldn't there be a warning of the downsides? For example, isn't some backup software incompatible with GPT, like Macrium Reflect free?

Yea I stated that it says so before anything...
The installation of Windows 7!

Now here you can either use MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table). Normally you would use MBR, but for motherboards with UEFI you can use GPT. Some advantages of GPT is that sleep to wake is faster and making 2.2TB+ bootable partitions. So in all, you can decide to use either if you have a UEFI motherboard. If you have a BIOS use MBR. Below are guides for each.

One thing I need to state is that you do not need to use GPT! MBR is fine for most people, you should only use GPT if you want a 3TB+ HDD to have Windows boot off it or if you want to test it out! Also, currently the only image software that can image GPT drives properly is Windows 7 built in system image from what I know of, clonezilla is being worked on and should fully support it soon. Also, if you guys ever get an issue with a system image restoration look at this. (link)
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My bad, I'm getting info overload.
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You can specify the partition size while in the command window using diskpart.
When you issue the command to "create partition primary", add to that the size you want. In your scenario, wanting a 100GB partition, the syntax would be:
Create Partition Primary size=100000. The 100000 is equivalent to 100GB.

So does 'create partition primary size=xxxxxxx' come before or after 'create part primary align=4096'
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Did i derp hard when I forgot to change primary alignment to 4096?
Nah your fine

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You can specify the partition size while in the command window using diskpart.
When you issue the command to "create partition primary", add to that the size you want. In your scenario, wanting a 100GB partition, the syntax would be:
Create Partition Primary size=100000. The 100000 is equivalent to 100GB.

So does 'create partition primary size=xxxxxxx' come before or after 'create part primary align=4096'

my bad again; all part of the same command. create partition primary size=100000 align=4096
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