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Hello,

I'm struggling to get my second partition aligned for days now.

This is my system, freshly installed with Windows7 64bit Ultimate SP1:
Asus p7h55-m/usb3
2 GB DDR3 Kingston memory
Crucial M500 240GB SSD
Asus EN210 1GB Graphicscard

I have created two partitions with the windows dvd installation disk:
120GB wininfo32: Startoffset 105.906.176 bytes divided by 4096 is 25856. OS installed.
103GB wininfo32: Startoffset 128.976.912.896 bytes, divided by 4096 is 31488504.1
So the last one is nog aligned. I ran minitool Partition Wizard, to align the last partition, but it is saying it is already aligned. Now I'm confused.

Detailed information from Partition Wizard:
Partitions:
====100MB====
Usage:
used 24.13 MB 24,13%
unused 75.87 MB 75.87%

partition info:
partition type ID 0x7
File system NTFS
Serial number x
First Physical sector 2048
Last physical sector 206847
Total physical sector 100.00MB

File system info:
Sectors per cluster: 8 (4096 bytes)
Sectors per File record: 2 (1024 bytes)
$MFT LCN: 8533
$MFTMirr LCN: 2

====120GB====
Usage:
used 10.46GB 8.72%
unused 109.56GB 91.28%
total: 120.02GB 100%

Partition info
Partition ID: 0x7
File system: NTFS
Serial number: x
First physical sector: 206848
Last physical sector: 251906047
Total physical sector: 120.02 GB

File system info:
Sector per cluster: 8 (4096 bytes)
Sectors per file record: 2 (1024 bytes)
sectors per index record: 8 (4096 bytes)
$MFT LCN: 786432
$MFTMirr LCN: 2

====103GB====AFFECTED PARTITION
Usage:
used: 89.00MB 0.08%
unused: 103.36GB 99.92%
total 103.45 BG 100%

Partition info:
partition type ID: 0x7
File system: NTFS
Serial number; x
First physical sector: 251908096
Last physical sector: 468850687
Total physical sector: 103.45GB

File system info:
Sectors per cluster: 8 (4096 bytes)
Sectors per file record: 2 91024 bytes)
Sectors per Index record: 8 (4096 bytes)
$MFT LCN 840
$MFTMirr LCN 839

What can I do to align the last partition, or is it already ok?

Cheers
post #102 of 113


The 2 in black were from a thread where I was boasting to the SSD performance increase.

The third, which is second of my Seagate 480GB SSD is after re-alignment with "Mini Tool Partition Wizard".
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Question:


Popped in a new 850 Pro 256gb, AS SSD shows 359424K - OK ( 87.75 ) and for my 830 128gb it shows 103424K - OK ( 25.25 )

With the MiniTool wizard it shows that both drives are ok and do not need to be aligned. Do they not? Should I follow the steps for the acronis tool and align both drives?
  
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Question:


Popped in a new 850 Pro 256gb, AS SSD shows 359424K - OK ( 87.75 ) and for my 830 128gb it shows 103424K - OK ( 25.25 )

With the MiniTool wizard it shows that both drives are ok and do not need to be aligned. Do they not? Should I follow the steps for the acronis tool and align both drives?


they are aligned.

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they are aligned.
Less work for me!! tongue.gif

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This guide was just what I needed to fix my alignment issue on OCZ Vertex 3 MI.


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This guide was just what I needed to fix my alignment issue on OCZ Vertex 3 MI.


Thank you so much


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This thread helped me out so I figured I should should share my before & after results here.
All benchmarks were ran on freshly reformatted disks installed as secondary storage.

First, I did my 1TB WD Green. (Using WD Align) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Before
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After
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The results here were pretty amazing.


I then went on to test the results of this on my Samsung F3 (Original Model HD103SJ) which isn't an advanced format drive. (Using MiniTool Partition Wizard) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
First Attempt
Before
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After
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Second attempt - Due to the downgrade in speed from the previous test, I wanted to test this out more. I deleted the MBR, then reinitialized the disk and formatted it with Windows XP's Disk Management to get the partition unaligned again. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Before
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After
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Based on these results I came to the conclusion that aligning partitions on normal drives can negatively impact the speed by a very small amount but aligning 4K drives has the potential to improve the speed by a huge amount.

I did a little extra research and found that for some advanced format drives alignment is not necessary to get good performance out of the drives. Seagate has Smart Align, for example, which you can read about here. http://www.seagate.com/files/docs/pdf/whitepaper/mb_smartalign_technology_faq.pdf

I'll do both of my SSDs tomorrow or later and edit the results in when they're ready.
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Thank you so much for this very helpful thread, helped me regain a lot of performance from my SSD
 
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Hi there. How about external usb drives ? I have an old one "wd 7500aav" and his PSO is not dividing corectly to 4096 but still as ssd says is ok.
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