How to Free Align Partition SSD with Aomei Partition Assistant?

When people want to use SSD as the boot drive they usually transfer their old operating system to SSD with some software because OS cloning is not a simple work for most of them. Here comes the issue. As people transfer OS to SSD the software may change SSD into misaligned or even the original OS is misaligned. Most people ignore this kind of issue or do not even know about it. An incorrectly aligned SSD can suffer performance loss up to 50% proved by experiments. And misalignment is fatal to the longevity of SSD. So check and align partition SSD now! You can feel the difference from HDD to SSD.

How to check partition alignment?

Method 1: using "cmd" command

First, in the start menu click "Run". Input "cmd" into the box and click "Ok".

Input

Second, when cmd window appears, input "wmic partition get name,startingoffset" and press "Enter" to check starting offset of disks.

Check starting offset

Third, then input "fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo c:" and press "Enter". Here c can be exchanged into the partition you want to check. Then you find the size of "Bytes Per Cluster".

Check

In windows 7, you can type "msinfo32" into the search box in the start menu and hit "Enter". Then click "Components" > "Storage" > "Disks" to check the "StartingOffset".

If "StartingOffset" is divisible by "Bytes Per Cluster" or 4096 (result is an integer) the partition is aligned. Otherwise, you have to align it correctly.

Method 2: using partition alignment tool in Aomei Partition Assistant

Step 1: Download free Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition and launch it. Right click the partition you want to check and choose "Advanced".

Choose

Step 2: in the pop up window, set partition alignment to the default 2048 sector and choose "Ok".

Set partition to 2048 sector

If the partition is aligned correctly there will be a note window popping up like this:

Note window

If the partition is not aligned correctly, there will be no note window. Then you can use this alignment tool to make it right.

How to align partition SSD with Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition?

The checking methods have been referred to above. Suppose you have a partition F containing operating system in SSD. After checking it is misaligned. Now you try to align partition SSD:

Step 1: Launch Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition. Right click partition F and choose "Advanced" > "Partition Alignment".


Step 2: Then the partition alignment window emerges. Set partition alignment to 2048 sector. In this way, the partition start corresponds to start of sector 2048. Sector 2048 is suitable for all modern SSD which has sectors of 4K page size. Then click "Ok".

Set partition to 2048 sector

Step 3: It goes back to the main console after you click "Ok". You can preview the result of the operations. Don’t forget to click "Apply" to save all the changes.


From the screen shots, Free Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition can align partition SSD with user-friendly interface. Even a green hand can handle it. Except partition alignment, Partition Assistant also excels in resizing partition, merging partition, splitting partition, etc. Go and get one to manage your partition! You will not regret!