Monday, July 16, 2012

How to align SSD partition with a free partition manager?

Has your hard drive on the computer been replaced with SSD? In the process of using SSD, are its properties influenced? That is because partition is not aligned when SSD is partitioned. In this situation, the smallest 4K allocation units in file system are not aligned with the 4KB pages in SSD. Therefore, when file system is reading and writing data in SSD partition, every 4KB data will be operated on two pages in SSD, which greatly influences data read-write efficiency. And hence, SSD properties are influenced. Then how to solve the problem? Users may know the answer: to align SSD partition. And the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard is a good solution for users who don't know how to align SSD partition.

Verifying whether partition is aligned
Before aligning SSD partition, we should firstly check whether it has bee aligned. If it is not aligned, we can select suitable way to align partition. But how to check SSD partition state?

Click "Start" menu. Then click "Run" and enter msinfo32. Then a window showing system information will pop up. Then select Components ->Storage-> Disk. All disk information will be shown. Find the SSD to be checked and check whether partition starting offset is integer multiples of 4096. If it is, partitions on the SSD have been aligned. If it is not, partitions are not aligned. At this time, we can use the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard to finish aligning SSD partition.

How to align SSD partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard?
Since most of the ordinary users are not acquainted with professional computer knowledge, a simple and safe method is preferable when we are going to align SSD partition. And using MiniTool Partition Wizard is such a solution. It can help us align SSD partition with ease. After installing this free partition manager, launch it and we'll see the following main interface.

We can see from the above interface that MiniTool Partition Wizard is a multifunctional partition manager, able to finish almost all common partition management operations, including aligning SSD partition. We just need to select the partition that will be aligned and then click "Align Partition". Then click "Apply" to perform the operations and aligning SSD partition will be finished easily.

If you also want to align SSD partition through simple operations, to use SSD better, please visit the official website to download MiniTool Partition Wizard, a powerful partition manager.

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