Preserve offset alignment for image restore

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  1. Fandangled

    Fandangled Registered Member

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    I need to re-adjust my partition "starting offset" alignment (for Windows XP on a solid state drive), and I'd like to know if my Paragon Drive Backup 9 Pro can restore a backup image while maintaining my new offset alignment settings.

    I'm not looking for help re-aligning my drive... I know how to do that. I just need to know if Drive Backup will restore an image to the drive afterwards without messing up my new alignment settings.

    [edit] for reference, I need to do what they talk about here, but i'd prefer to use my copy of Drive Backup 9 Pro, rather than Acronis.

    I also have Paragon Partition Manager Pro 9.5, if that helps.
     
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  2. Fandangled

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    Please?
     
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    Pretty please, with sugar on top?
     
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    I would have thought someone with more experience with DB than I have would have responded by now.

    In several tests I ran, the alignment was not preserved. I tested with an XP backup created with DB 9 Pro and restoring it to a smaller aligned partition on another drive. Neither DB 9 Pro nor DB 10 Pro kept the alignment. Both reverted to a 63 sector offset. Both restores were done using the WinPE version.
     
  5. Fandangled

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    MudCrab, thanks for your reply.

    Did you happen to read the forum thread I linked to? (this one)

    Any Idea if that type of work-around can be done with DB9?
     
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    I did read the thread and also the instructions for setting up the partition. Though it says you can use Diskpart in XP, I had to use Vista's Diskpart. The XP version wouldn't accept the "align=" option when creating the partition.

    I haven't done any other tests so I don't currently know if there's a way to make it work. If I have time later, I'll try and run a few more tests.

    Are you going to be restoring to a smaller or larger partition?
     
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    The idea was to take a backup image of an existing installation of Windows on an SSD, then re-align the partition on the SSD to conform to the proper starting offset (as required by SSD's for best performance), and then restore the Windows installation image back to the same SSD (without screwing up the new partition alignment).
     
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