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If I clone an existing aligned SSD to a new blank SSD, will it be aligned properly?
Does it depend on the tool? (e.g. clonezilla, Win7 built in image/restore)
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If I clone an existing aligned SSD to a new blank SSD, will it be aligned properly?
Does it depend on the tool? (e.g. clonezilla, Win7 built in image/restore)

I would also like to know this, especially with regard to using Macrium Reflect. If I clone a 128GB Crucial M4 to an identical 128GB Crucial M4, will it be aligned? What about cloning the 128GB Crucial M4 to a SSD of a different make/model and size?

Aren't all SSDs advanced format drives? - In that case I don't think there would be any issue with alignment.

Windows 7's backup/restore doesn't cloning.
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This should answer your question:
http://lifehacker.com/5837769/make-sure-your-partitions-are-correctly-aligned-for-optimal-solid-state-drive-performance.

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To see if your partitions are aligned correctly, hit the Start menu and type in msinfo32. Enter Msinfo32 and go to Components > Storage > Disks. Look for your SSD on the list and find the "Partition Starting Offset" item. If this number is divisible by 4096 (that is, if dividing it by 4096 equals a whole number and not a decimal), your partition is correctly aligned. If not, you need to realign it.

The article goes into how to realign if you need to.

Edit: Added OCN source, because keeping things in house is nice too.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1226963/how-to-properly-re-align-your-ssd-hdd-partitions
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Thanks, but that doesn't answer my question

I know how to check and realign, but I want to know if cloning an existing aligned SSD to another SSD will keep the alignment or not
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It'll depend on the software.
Some align by default, some don't.
No real way to know until you clone the drive or the software specifically states that.
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Both Samsung and Macrium Reflect cloning will maintain alignment on your ssd. They both do for me. That is with a Plextor, M4, Sammy 840 Pro and EVO ssds.
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Why would cloning misalign anything in the first place (SSD->SSD)?
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Both Samsung and Macrium Reflect cloning will maintain alignment on your ssd. They both do for me. That is with a Plextor, M4, Sammy 840 Pro and EVO ssds.

Thanks for confirming this.
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