Yesterday, I downloaded the Paragon SSD Alignment Tool and whitepaper from their website http://www.paragon-software.com/business/partition-alignment/ http://www.paragon-software.com/business/partition-alignment/ . Yesterday it was free today they charge for the PAT. After cloning my Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2GC for backup I ran the PAT. No problems encountered. Ran Intel SSD Management Tool then AS SDD benchmark http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/news.php http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/news.php. Small performance improvement.
Don't skip taking a backup before trying anying like PAT.
Below are the results from my previous post's
Column 1 shows results before alignment
Column 2 shows results after alignment with Paragon SSD Alignment Tool
Both column 1 and 2 are with controller in IDE mode.
Column 3 is results after AHCI mode enabled.
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I run a multi-drive multi-partition XP Pro system. I also run VMWARE Virtual Machines running Win NT, Win XT, Win Server 2003, Vista, and Win 7. I have used PAT to allign all my partitions. Aligning partitions helped improve performance of both applications and Virtual Machines on both SSDs and HDDs. I have found that partition alignment make a significant performance improvement for all the VMs, expecially noticable in reduced boot time.
PAT shows all the partitions in a very nice GUI.
I ran the tool yesterday, I though my sys was running good , but when I ran the tool it said I was 12% off, so I let it do it's thing and I picked a pretty good increase in the read writes, Using ATTO before running my XM-25 G2 160 SSD , Was at 107878 write 258819 read , now after running the tool i'm at 114025 write and 269898 read, pretty good increse.
Beware of using PAT if your windows system drive is other than C!
Mine was D: and after running the aligment tool the system wouldn't boot up. I believe it misconfigured the MBR or/and the windows registry. I have spent the whole day to repair this mess.
Now the drive is correctly aligned but I haven't noticed any speed improvement.