win 7 to align ssd

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September 18, 2013 at 13:03:11
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Professionnel, 2.83 GHz / 4096 MB
Hi!
win 7 is suppose to align a ssd when installing right? if true, can i make win 7 detect a new ssd, align it, format it, then putting it in a win xp machine?

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#1
September 18, 2013 at 13:22:35
What do you mean by align. It is not a term I recognise. Do you mean partition which usually comes before formatting.

If you are just transferring a formatted blank disk then that will work.

If you having problems getting Windows XP to recognise the SSD it is because it is a SATA drive and Windows XP does not have inbuilt support for SATA drives. You need to install SATA driver during the installation process in order to get Windows XP to recognise it, formatted or otherwise.

You may be able to get SATA drivers from the disk manufacture..

Stuart


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September 18, 2013 at 20:16:47
my bad...i meant ssd partiton alignment...the one where you check if your partiton offset is divisible by 4096.

I don't know if xp will recognise the drive it's not installed yet...but i don't expect any problem. I've installed many mechanical sata drive over the years, but it' my first ssd installation on an xp machine. I just wanted to skip the hassle of using diskpar(on xp) to align the partition.

If i'm right; i let win 7 see the drive and align the partition, the i put it in my xp machine to do a clean install of xp.

I just put 2 ssd raid 0 in win 7(clean install) and my partition is ok...e.g. divisible by 4096.


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#3
September 19, 2013 at 02:18:12
don't know if xp will recognise the drive it's not installed yet.

If it is a SATA drive, which being SSD it iwll be, it wont work with SATA drivers.

Stuart


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#4
September 19, 2013 at 10:49:42
You can do so, yes. You could even shove the SSD in an external enclosure. So long as Win7 recognizes it as solid state, it'll configure it appropriately.

Just note that WinXP doesn't have any TRIM support, so a bad alignment is the least of your performance problems.

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#5
September 19, 2013 at 21:29:41
Thanks guys!!!

Razor2.3 could you elaborate? " bad alignment is the least of your performance problems"


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