How to Align Partition?
Why do you need to align partition?
Align Partition, as it is generally understood, is to indicate the proper alignment of partition. This function is special designed to accelerate the reading and writing speed for your hard disk, both Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD). Thus, it greatly improves the operating speed of your disks and furthermore increases the efficiency of your computer. Therefore, it is of great importance to align partition.
One of my friends has a deep understanding of the benefits of aligning partitions. His work asks fast working step. Though he is a man of high operating speed, his computer always let him down and worked slow, especially when transfer data. He did try to find the reason but did not succeed. Once when we chat online, accidently I knew that from him. Since I know what the exact reason can be, I told him the reason of the slow work of his PC and teach him how to realign partition. He did as I told him and it did work; his computer runs much faster than before. Now, he never worries about his work being affected by his computer any more.
Then, how to align partition? You can do it with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant just as what I suggested to my friend. AOMEI Partition Assistant supports SSD partition alignment and its free version can help you to accomplish the operation. Then, how to align partition with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant? Just follow this article.
Before you do
If there are other applications running on the partition which you are going to perform, AOMEI Partition Assistant will notice you to close those applications or to execute this operation in PreOS Mode. Therefore, if you are going to align this partition, you have to close these applications or you have to go into PreOS Mode to operate it.
This operation may change the original location of your data, to keep the safety of your data, we suggest you to learn the tutorial “How to Safely Partition” before you attempt aligning partition.
To align partition
It is going to explain how to align partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant step by step. To do this, the first thing you should do is to download, install AOMEI Partition Assistant and start it. After you start it, you can see the all the disks and partitions in details on the main interface, such as file system type, used space and free space. Besides the words list, there is also a graphic list to give you a more intuitive view. You can also have a complete view of most of its functions on the left column.
Step2. In the pop-up window, you could set the sector of partition to align. We advise SSD users to align partition in 2048 sector. You also can use the default size.
Step3. At this moment, you can preview the result. Then, just click "Apply" to execute partition alignment and finish this operation.
If the partition is already aligned correctly, AOMEI Partition Assistant will give you information to notice you as "The current partition has aligned to the selected sector, and it does not need to align it again".
Before you perform partition alignment task, we strongly advise you to check if there is any errors on that partition. Follow these steps to check partition: AOMEI Partition Assistant -> Partition Menu -> Advanced -> Check Partition.
Aligning partition will readjust the location of the data on that partition. If your partition contains a large amount of data, then the aligning operation will take a considerably long time to work it out. Notice viewing the estimated time of operation after clicking "Apply ".
You can also align your partition after copying it by ticking the option "Optimize the performance for SSD" if your destination disk is SSD format.
Except partition alignment, there are a lot of other functions provided by AOMEI Partition Assistant, such as create partition, delete partition and copy partition. With these services, you can manage your disks with ease and safety. Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant has several editions, including two editions which is free of charge. They are standard edition and lite edition, which still contain most of the functions and these functions are all frequently used.