Realign drive with BIBM

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by The Seeker, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. The Seeker

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    Will realigning a hard drive with BootIt Bare Metal preserve data?
     
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    The Seeker,

    I saw your post in the TeraByte forum. The Align button is not for aligning partitions on 2048 sector boundaries. It is "used to align the contents of a FAT/FAT32 partition so that conversion to NTFS results in cluster sizes that are more efficient."

    I suggest waiting for a response from TeraByte Support.
     
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    Yes, I just discovered this. I've found the setting I need under 'Drive Settings'. I've also found this tool which I've considered using. Another option could be to perhaps make an image backup tonight using the 'Align Partitions on 2048 Sectors' setting then restore using that image, after wiping my drive. Would this work?
     
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    My understanding is you want to install a Linux OS in a 2048 sector aligned partition. At present your partitions are cylinder aligned. You don't want the Win7-1 partition anymore so I'd delete this partition and create a 2048 sector aligned Linux partition. Make sure you follow the TeraByte tutorial on installing Linux because if you don't do it correctly you could wipe out your BING partition.

    Leave the other partitions cylinder aligned.
     
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    I see how this would work. I am concerned however that as the other partitions are not aligned, the Windows 7 installation on Win7-2 may be suffering. Also, do you know whether my idea would work? i.e. creating a new system image using the 'Align Partitions on 2048 Sectors' setting then restoring.
     
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    Seeker, I have used that option many times to restore a previously taken HDD image and place it back onto an SSD for proper alignment... all has worked very well.

    The alignment process works during the RESTORE operation, not during the backup.

    Good luck!

    Edit: using Windows OS...
     
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    Ah, so I don't need to check the '2048' before backing up, only during the restore?
     
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    I made a backup last night, then restored this morning after checking the 'Align Partitions on 2048 Sectors'. The drive is still not aligned.

    Will do. I just hope it's soon.
     
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    I end up aligning my drive using the Acronis tool I linked to earlier and it worked just fine.
     
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    Can you post a partinfo? I'm interested to see the changes.
     
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    Sure. Take a look here.
     
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    Thanks. It's done a good job. All numbers are correct for 2048 sector alignment.
     
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