Screwed Up Alignment of SSD; Can I Ghost, Re-Align, Restore?

By Savage1701
Oct 21, 2013
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  1. OK, I was being careless and formatted an SSD under XP. I then installed Windows 7 Pro 64. My offset is 63. I know I am not aligned. Any method of alignment test says I am not, and I don't want to burn up my SSD.

    My question is can I re-align without re-installing Windows 7? I have a bunch of stuff transferred/installed/licensed and I don't want to do a clean install.

    Will the following work:

    1. Run Norton Ghost and get a disk image.
    2. Re-format the SSD under another Win7 computer and format with correct offset.
    3. Restore backup image to correctly aligned SSD.

    Any thoughts on that?

    I really messed this up.

    Thanks for any thoughts.
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,594   +2,005

    What? I'm confused!
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  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

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  4. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 285

    JC713 - Yes, I know I am not aligned with an offset of 63. I have seen that article; it was part of the basis for my knowing I am not aligned. My question is, can I Ghost the C drive, re-format the SSD on a Win 7 machine where I know it will be aligned, and Ghost the C drive back and have it re-aligned correctly, or do I need to pay $30, which I would, for Paragon Alignment Tool?

    Reinstalling Win 7 is not really an option at this point, due to other software having to be installed and re-licensed and such.
  5. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

    I am not really sure. Maybe jobeard may know.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,594   +2,005

    I'm not either. I don't see why you couldn't, but then I never have needed to do this myself.

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