I want to clone a drive and get the partitions to be aligned\n16x1024*1024 bytes on the clone?\n\nAcronis True Image Home 2012 seems like it could be used to\ndo the job, but I would have to calculate how much space to\nleave before each partition and I'm not sure how to do that.\n(The GUI lets you specify sectors to skip, but it doesn't let\nyou specify a particular sector to start in.)\n\nCan someone give me some simple rules to get things aligned?\nOn some disks there is one partitition at the start or end\nthat I can't change the size of, so I have to be able to\nmake the alignment of the 2nd partition be correct.\n\nI can change the size of the partitions a "little bit" (a few GB),\nbut I can't control the actual partition size, so I may\nhave to skipped space for each partition.\n\nWhat size is used for "cylinder" these days?\n\nDo 16MB and cylinder size have a Least Common Multiple of under\n2GB? If so, then I only need to align the second partition and\neverything else comes out a multiple of 16MB.\n\n\nI tried using some other Acronis products, but they seemed\nto be missing needed functionality:\n\nAcronis Backup & Recovery 11 Advanced Workstation Standard\nPlus Universal Restore doesn't let you specify size other\nthan unchanged or proportional. In addition, you can't\nspecify the location on the output side. It is supposed\nto look at the hardware and perhaps the disk type, and do\nalignment if needed, but that doesn't help me since I\nwant a higher level of alignment than is required.\n\nAcronis Advanced Disk Director 11 might be convinced to\nalign an existing partition, but the Acronis people said\nyou could only do the alignment in place, meaning many\nextra seeks, in addition to having to do a clone first.\n\n\nWindows 7 will, I think, automatically align to 1MB.\nIt might then be possible to use Acronis Advanced Disk Director\nto copy the partitions one by one to pre allocated partitions\n(volumes?), but the would give me 4 times as many chances\nto mess up since I have 4 partitions on most drives.\n\nMore information:\nI don't want to have to worry about if the drives actually have\nsectors of 512, 4K, or another size, I want to make sure that\neach partition starts at a 1MB boundary.\n\nIt would be nice if I didn't have to worry about if the\ndrives were MBR or GPT drives. If that isn't possible,\nthe only cases I care about now are MBR in and MBR or GPT\nout.\n\nI only care about FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS.\n\nI only care about Basic volumes.\n\nI don't use RAID\n\nI have a bunch of Acronis products, but the support isn't\nvery good. In particular the Home support people don't know\nabout the Business products and the Business support people\ndon't know about the home products.