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SSD alignment (Crucial M4)

Discussion in 'Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Flash Storage' started by Devenox, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Devenox

    Devenox Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi

    I saw that my Crucial M4 128GB isn't properly aligned. (31k)
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    Now, I think the performance can be much higher (note: my computer only supports 3.0GBps!)
    Anyhow 4k performance is quite low.
    How can I properly align this SSD? I've read this article:
    How to: Properly re-align your SSD/HDD partitions

    BUT I dont have a windows CD. Anyway you can ignore that link.
    I read that paragon alignment tool (PAT) can fix it without a problem.
    The problem is that it's not free. Does someone have a trial link or know another program.
    I don't want to reinstall EVERYTHING (windows, programs, etc.) ...
     
  2. oan001

    oan001 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi. You can do this pretty easy using gparted. Download and put it on a usb stick or cd. You want to move your partition so that it is offset by exactly 1mb (1024k).
    I used this method myself when I migrated to my much loved M4 :)

    Here's an article explaining the process or you can Google "gparted alignment " for other sources:
    http://lifehacker.com/5837769/make-...ned-for-optimal-solid-state-drive-performance

    Good luck! :)

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  3. Devenox

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    Thanks, fixed! MUCH faster 4-64k speeds!
     
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