Thanks for the replies.
I aligned my HD's (3 of them in rotation) before I used WD 'clone' s/w to restore to SSD.
This is the part I'm having trouble figuring out. Do I need to realign the existing drive first or can I format and partition the SDD properly and then just clone the drive? I checked and the partition starting offset is 32,256 bytes which would cause problems with the SDD.
It seems just doing a backup/restore with acronis can rewrite the partition information but I'm still looking through their forums to confirm.
Seems like you can get around it somehow by following these steps http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showp...8&postcount=13
Acronis confirms them in their forum http://forum.acronis.com/forum/8322
I'm not tied to Acronis, I have the free WD version that WD uses now instead of it's old Data Lifeguard Tools. So if anyone has any better recommendations, preferably in F/OSS versions I'd be happy to try them.
These are the steps I'm planning.
1. Move crap that shouldn't be on my system drive on to my 2nd HDD to reduce the space used. (I'm bad at putting things in their place my C
temp folder is the largest most important folder on my drive
) Quick tip I never new, if you right click drag your "My Documents" folder and select "Move" it sets the new location as your "My Documents" folder without needing to use TweakUI. I also set up my browsers to use the second drive for their caches.
2. Backup System partition to be safe before proceeding.
3*. Shrink the System partition using Gnome Partition Editor live CD http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
Keep note of the From what I've read it looks like things go smoother if the old partition is smaller than the new partition. Since my current boot disk is larger than the SSD I plan to buy this will allow me to create an image where the partition will fit on the new SSD. I'm not sure if this is necessary but I guess it doesn't hurt?
4*. Backup newly shrunk system partition. This is the image that will be used for the new SSD.
5. Using Disk Manager delete the existing SSD partition if any. Boot up in the Acronis recovery disk and validate the image.
6. Create new partition and align it using diskpart and give it an unused drive letter. This forum post includes directions on how to use diskpart http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...656#post326656
7. Fast format the new SSD partition using Disk Manager.
8. Using Acronis restore only the MBR and track 0 to the new SSD.
9. Restore the image as "specified files and folders" to the SDD.
10. Swap drive letters to make the SDD the C: drive. Don't know if you can do it in Disk Manager I found directions on how to do it in the registry here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188
11. Reboot and go into the bios and make the SSD the boot drive.
12. Check that the alignment is correct and everything is working fine then make any other tweaks necessary for the SSD like moving the print spool location and other crap like that.
* - not sure if these steps for reducing the partition size are necessary.
I think I need to get the regular version of Acronis because the WD version can't restore to a different drive letter?